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Turned His Swag On LSU holds on behind Peterson’s return as quarterback questions emerge
Luke Johnson Sports Contributor
Patrick Peterson has swag — Heisman swag. The junior cornerback stole the show Saturday for the third time in four games for the undefeated LSU football team (4-0), paving the way to a 20-14 victory against No. 22 West Virginia (3-1). Peterson caught a second-quarter punt at the LSU 40-yard line and exploded up the middle of the ﬁeld, only needing one cut to go virtually untouched, 60 yards to paydirt. Peterson — who has been garnering Heisman Trophy consideration with his standout play on defense and special teams — looked up at the student section and did his best imitation of the Heisman pose that was inspired by the front cover of the NCAA Football ‘06 video game. LSU was charged with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty because of the celebration.
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University seeing faculty f light Catherine Threlkeld Staff Writer
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LSU junior cornerback Patrick Peterson strikes the Heisman Tropy pose in the end zone after returning a punt for a touchdown Saturday during the second quarter of the Tigers’ 20-14 victory against West Virginia in Tiger Stadium. See a gallery of photos from Saturday’s game at lsureveille.com.
Some of the University’s administration and faculty are showing signs of faculty ﬂight because of the changing University environment. Administrative ofﬁces are now functioning with fewer personnel as department heads try to stem the tides of the budget crisis. With impending budget cuts and nearly 270 layoff notices given out — and more to come — faculty and staff are leaving the University rather than coming in. Rick Moreland, English Department chair, said three young professors in English left in the spring and summer. While he won’t say the departures stem entirely from budget cuts, Moreland said the professors might have stayed if the future looked more stable. Moreland said many professors are considering other employment options, as well as other schools. Some are picking up part-time jobs, and faculty morale is low. FACULTY FLIGHT, see page 4
Indian Mounds ropes removed Saturday before game Julian Tate Contributing Writer
The yellow ropes blocking off the Indian Mounds during the ﬁrst home football game were taken down Saturday morning after being replaced Friday. Tailgaters continued to ride bikes and slide down the Indian Mounds on cardboard boxes before the game Saturday, despite growing concern for the historical landmarks. Signs planted around the mounds read “Help preserve the mounds.” A call was made to LSU Landscape Services to take the ropes down, said Caitlyn McNabb, an anthropology graduate student who was handing out ﬂiers about pre-
serving the mounds. “All we know is that call came in at 6:30 a.m. this morning to take the ropes down. Somebody with a lot of power asked them to take the ropes down after we had the authority to put the ropes up,” McNabb said. The Department of Geology and Geophysics was allowed to keep the signs up, but children were taking the signs and using them to slide down the hill, McNabb said. “These mounds are Native American mounds. They are about 6,000 years old and, by standing on them, the weight is destroying what’s underneath,” McNabb said. The mounds are vulnerable to natural damage such as rainwater erosion, but students and faculty
in the Department of Geology and Geophysics have been trying to prevent man-induced damage, such as added pressure to the structures on game days. “We’re really worried about people sliding down the hill because when people kick up little divots of dirt, they’re kicking away cultural material,” McNabb said. McNabb was told she and her colleagues were not allowed to police the mounds, so McNabb and fellow tailgaters in the Department of Geology and Geophysics began handing out ﬂiers to parents who had children on the mounds. “It’s a tradition for our kids. This is what they’ll remember MOUNDS, see page 4
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A child slides down the Indian Mounds on Saturday on a sign reading “Help Preserve the Mounds” before the West Virginia game.
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Monday, Sept. 27, 2010
Georgia megachurch pastor pledges to fight sex-related accusations
Bar owners: Metairie’s Fat City early shutdown ordinance unfair
BP fund czar promises bigger, faster claims for oil spill victims
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kenya’s foreign minister said Saturday the millions being spent to ﬁght pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia should be spent instead on helping the country become a functioning state.
miners Saturday. Golborne and about a dozen family members tried out the capsule, a 924-pound tube made of steel mesh and sheets that is big enough to hold one person. The capsule is nearly 10 feet tall on the outside. Inside, the space is 6 feet high and about 21 inches across.
LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — The famed pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Sunday he will ﬁght allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing he’d be back to lead the church the next week.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill should start getting bigger payments faster, the administrator of the fund set up to help them said Saturday.
First rescue capsule arrives for workers at collapsed Chilean mine
China says progress made on human rights; international group disagrees
8 shot, 3 stabbed, 1 dead at east Los Angeles house party
SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AP) — The ﬁrst of three rescue capsules built to lift out the 33 miners trapped since Aug. 5 arrived at the mine Saturday. The man-size capsule will be used to pull the miners out one by one once one of the three rescue holes being drilled reaches the men. The government says that should happen by early November or earlier if all goes well. Mining Minister Laurence Golborne showed off the ﬁrst capsule to relatives of the trapped
BEIJING (AP) — China said Sunday it has made progress on human rights, pointing in particular to improved living standards, but an international rights group quickly described the government’s assessment as unrealistic. Human Rights Watch said the government failed to mention that since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China has gotten tougher on freedom of speech, has stepped up restrictions on the media and Internet and cracked down on lawyers and activists.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eight people were shot — one fatally — and another three stabbed Saturday during a ﬁght at a birthday party, authorities said. One man, Steven Lopez, 22, died at the scene and two other gunshot victims were taken to County-USC Medical Center with critical injuries, police said. A dispute at the late-night house party in the Boyle Heights neighborhood escalated until several people pulled out guns and knives.
METAIRIE (AP) — Some bar owners in Fat City, Metairie’s entertainment district, say a new ordinance that will limit hours of operation will unfairly beneﬁt competitors and eventually kill their businesses. The sweeping ordinance was passed in hopes to clean up Fat City by gradually eliminating strip clubs and rowdy bars and converting the entertainment district into a more family friendly area for shoppers and diners. Parish leaders say there are 16 bars within a few blocks in Fat City, and that the area has been plagued with crime for years. Under the ordinance, Fat City bars would be forced to close at midnight on weekdays and shut down at 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The law goes into effect March 31, 2011. Some bar employees are worried about what will happen to their paychecks when the new law takes effect next year.
Kenya foreign minister says West wasting money on anti-piracy ships
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Thirty-three miners have been trapped underground in the San Jose copper and gold mine since it collapsed Aug. 5 in Copiapo, Chile. This capsule will be used to rescue the trapped miners.
HOUMA (AP) — Terrebonne Parish ofﬁcials want a store in a Houma mall to stop selling sex toys, adult books and bondage kits. Terrebonne Parish Councilman Billy Hebert asked parish administrators to inspect the Spencer’s novelty store in Southland Mall after receiving complaints. Spencer’s is a national chain with hundreds of stores in the United States. Parish ofﬁcials say the Spencer’s in Southland Mall is violating a law that prohibits the sale of adult items within 1,000 feet of a residential district, school or church.
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Survey says pot use on the rise in US LSUPD: Use on campus hasn’t risen Julian Tate Contributing Writer
Marijuana and illegal drug use is on the rise in the U.S., but it appears the use of it on campus hasn’t increased. A national survey released Sept. 16 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services revealed illegal drug use in the U.S. increased between 2008 and 2009. Marijuana use among fulltime college students aged 18 to 22 increased from 17.9 percent in 2008 to 20.2 percent in 2009. According to the survey, marijuana is now the most commonly used illicit drug. Sgt. Blake Tabor, LSU Police Department spokesman, said marijuana’s presence on campus has not increased. Seventy arrests occurred on campus pertaining to drug law in 2006, 36 in 2007 and 98 in 2008, according to LSUPD statistics. The statistics for 2009 have yet to be released. “I wouldn’t say that we’ve seen a spike,” Tabor said. “Obviously, universities being what they are, we understand that students are going to experiment with the use of marijuana and the things of that nature.” The Louisiana branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws advocates for safe and legal access to medical cannabis for suffering patients, said Louisiana NORML Executive Director Robert Delaney. The branch recently started a second chapter based in New Orleans. “We’re talking about medicine here,” Delaney said. “We’re not advocating so people can legally get high.” In the last 30 years, there have been tens of thousands of medical scientiﬁc studies that have veriﬁed the credibility of medical cannabis, Delaney said. “Regardless of where you stand, whatever your position is on the war on marijuana — because it
is in fact a war — the thing we’re hoping to get people to agree to is to take medical patients off this battleﬁeld,” Delaney said. Christine Nguyen, architecture sophomore, said she has a lot of friends who frequently smoke marijuana “just to chill out” to the point where she has a hard time telling if they are under the inﬂuence or not. “It really confuses me,” Nguyen said. “The next day they’ll tell me they were high, and I’m just like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know.’” University Wellness Education coordinator Kathryn Saichuk believes the growing acceptance of marijuana, among other drugs, is the cause for the recent spike. “A lot of people don’t perceive marijuana as a harmful substance anymore,” Saichuk said. “They see it as no worse than alcohol, and they don’t see it as being
as bad as tobacco.” But Saichuk said that perception isn’t true. One joint has about the same amount of carbon monoxide as four cigarettes and the tar in ﬁve cigarettes, and there is a higher rate of head, neck, bladder and esophageal cancer related to marijuana use than with cigarettes, Saichuk said. Marijuana has even been linked to testicular cancer, she said. Saichuk does not believe marijuana should be legalized. “I don’t believe in the legalization of any drug or substance whose negative consequences outweigh the positive,” Saichuk said.
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Break dancing event draws groups from around South
Kayla DuBos Contributing Writer
The Atchafalaya Room of the Student Union was full of beats and break dancers Friday as the University organization Hip-Hop Coalition held a break dancing competition. Hip-Hop Coalition invited dance crews from all over the South to join the fun for a two-on-two pure break dancing competition. The competition had a bigger response than the group expected, drawing crews from Texas, Georgia
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“The letters are discouraging, considering how much time some of these teachers have devoted to LSU, and it does suggest an unstable future,” Moreland said. According to the University’s most recent budget cut exercise preparing for a $62 million cut, 350 faculty and 350 staff positions would have to be terminated. Among last semester’s notices of non-renewal, 14 in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures are effective as of Jan. 21, 2010, and the extension offers do not apply. Chancellor Michael Martin said there is angst among the faculty, and the University is likely to lose more than those who have already left.
and Florida. “We definitely had an extremely positive response from this event,” said TahJah Krauss, digital arts senior and president of Hip-Hop Coalition. “We have done a lot of events like this before, but seeing all these different crews from different places is great.” Each crew paid $10 to enter the competition. The money went into a collection for the winner. Raging Phoenix, a crew from Louisiana, won after two intense battles, followed by a tiebreaker
round against Zombies In Motion, a crew from Houston. Raging Phoenix walked away with $150. “We have more than 40 members in Hip-Hop Coalition,” Krauss said. “It’s awesome that everyone showed up to support one another.” This kind of Hip-Hop Coalition event happens every few months, Krauss said. “This event was more focused on break dancing,” Krauss said. “But our other events welcome dancers from all genres.”
Hip-Hop Coalition has been at the University for more than six years, Krauss said. “We were all a big group of friends that loved to dance,” Krauss said. “Finally, some of us at LSU decided to form Hip-Hop Coalition.” The group officially meets every Friday, but members take time to practice at a gym in front of the Union or at places downtown, Krauss said. “We meet to practice our dances as a group as well as a lot of free-style,” she said.
The administrative staff is not immune to faculty flight either. College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kevin Carman is on the short list for a provost position at Montana State University, but he was unavailable to comment on the matter. Jeannine Kahn, former assistant vice chancellor in the Office of Academic Affairs, was hired Sept. 6 by the Board of Regents as the assistant commissioner for Academic Affairs. As assistant commissioner, Kahn said she will maintain the courses among all state institutions, consider academic matters that require Board approval and address issues relevant to higher education. From 2008 to 2009, the number of faculty has decreased from 1,560 to 1,502, according to the Office of Budget and Planning website. This
decrease follows an increase from 1,517 to 1,560 from 2007 to 2008. In a worst-case scenario, Martin said the University would have to declare financial exigency, the equivalent of bankruptcy. In this situation, the University would be able to terminate tenured faculty in addition to non-tenured faculty. “Seventy-eight percent of our budget is people,” Martin said. “A big chunk of that is in people you can’t let go without financial exigency.” While many faculty and administrators are leaving, remaining personnel are picking up extra responsibilities to cope with being understaffed. Martin said the University has eliminated many administrator positions and current administrators
are “going to have to work a little harder.” Some administrators have had salary increases to accommodate the additional work load. Martin said he will do “everything within reason” to retain the University’s good faculty and staff, including pay raises accompanying more duties. These increases occurred while faculty have had no across-the-board pay increase in two years. “We’ve increased some salaries modestly, but we can account for $880,000 of savings by doubling up jobs,” Martin said. “I think it’s reasonable to give some people a little bump if they take on another job or two.” Contact Catherine Threlkeld at firstname.lastname@example.org
The break dancing community is a close-knit family of dancers who all know one another, Krauss said. “I love that we created an event to bring our family all together,” Krauss said.
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about LSU football — coming to the mounds and sliding down,” said University alumna Anna Fontenot, an Indian Mounds tailgater who said she has taken her kids to University tailgates since they were old enough to do so. According to the Ancient Mounds Heritage Area and Trails Advisory Commission, Louisiana has some of the oldest and best preserved Indian mounds in the world — some of which outdate the pyramids in Mexico and South America, and Stonehenge in England.
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Bittersweet Victory LSU racks up 120 yards in penalties, still pulls out 20-14 win
Tigers extend winning streak to 13
Team totes best start in its history Rob Landry Sports Contributor
turning a second-and-1 play into second-and-6. That possession ended in junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson’s first interception and handed the Mountaineers a golden opportunity to score. On the fifth and sixth plays of the West Virginia drive, LSU senior defensive tackle Lazarius Levingston committed a personal foul on third-and-3, and redshirt freshman linebacker Lamin Barrow hit West Virginia senior running back Noel Devine out of bounds for another immediate 15-yard penalty, giving the Mountaineers life. LSU junior center T-Bob Hebert said committing so many penalties — the team had six for 55 yards in the
Winning is quickly becoming a routine exercise for the No. 17 LSU volleyball team. The Tigers (13-0, 4-0) are off to the best start in school history following a three-set sweep of Mississippi State (9-5, 1-2) on Sunday in Starkville, Miss. The quick start has come as a pleasant surprise to junior libero Lauren Waclawczyk. “This is really awesome. It’s kind of hard to describe,” Waclawczyk said. “It’s not what any of us expected, but it’s still fun to just blow all our expectations out.” Leading the way for the Tigers was senior outside hitter Angela Bensend, who tallied 16 kills and 16 digs while recording a hitting percentage of .500. Three other Tigers — junior middle blocker Michele Williams, sophomore outside hitter Madie Jones and freshman middle blocker Desiree Elliott — joined Bensend with double-digit kill totals, each recording 10. LSU recorded 54 kills, as a team. Bensend said credit goes to senior setter Brittney Johnson for helping the hitters find opportunities for kills. Johnson had 33 assists for the
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LSU sophomore wide receiver Rueben Randle fights for extra yards Saturday during the Tigers’ 20-14 victory against West Virginia.
Rachel Whittaker Chief Sports Writer
When a football team records only 30 more rushing yards than penalty yards in a game, there will be some issues to address. LSU finds itself in this exact position after a 20-14 victory against West Virginia. The Tigers were able to overcome 12 penalties for 120 yards — six on offense, five on defense and one on special teams — to run their record to 4-0. Penalties reared their ugly head on the first drives of the game, as sophomore center P.J. Lonergan was flagged for illegal procedure on the second play of the game,
Saints fall to Falcons by OT kicks Hartley’s miss gave Falcons opportunity Brett Martel The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS — A charmed run by the defending champion Saints ended with a shanked field goal by the same specialist who went down in New Orleans lore with clutch kicks last season. Garrett Hartley missed an overtime chip shot, then was left to watch the Falcons rush the field after his counterpart, Matt Bryant, drilled a 46-yard field goal with 1:55 left in the extra period to lift
the Atlanta Falcons to a 27-24 victory on Sunday. The Saints appeared to have another thrilling victory in hand when Drew Brees drove New Orleans to the Atlanta 11-yard line in overtime. Instead, Hartley hooked his 29-yard kick to the left for his third miss this season. Matt Ryan passed for 228 yards and touchdowns of 13 yards to Tony Gonzalez and 22 yards to Roddy White to give the Falcons (2-1) their second straight win. Michael Turner added 30 carries for 114 yards and a 1-yard TD plunge. Lance Moore had a pair of TD catches for New Orleans (2-1), including a career-long 80 yarder. He finished with six catches for 149
yards and also had a 72-yard punt return to set up Jeremy Shockey’s short TD catch on New Orleans’ first drive. The game was a back-andforth affair that one would expect from longtime rivals who appear to be the best teams in the NFC South. There were bizarre blunders and big plays, including an unusual turnover by Atlanta on a Saints punt in the third quarter. Thomas Morstead’s punt hit Atlanta’s Thomas DeCoud on the heel as it came down near the sideline and bounced straight up. Saints rookie tight end Jimmy Graham grabbed it and, just beSAINTS, see page 6
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Saints wide receiver Lance Moore pulls in a play for a first quarter touchdown in the Saints’ 27-24 loss against the Atlanta Falcons in the Superdome on Sunday.
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ﬁrst quarter alone — is uncharacteristic of the Tigers. “Some of those penalties you could deﬁnitely say were due to hard play and aggressiveness, which you can’t get as mad at, but ... the mental penalties show a lack of discipline,” Hebert said. LSU narrowly escaped West Virginia’s subsequent 67-yard march when Levingston blocked a ﬁeld goal attempt, but three penalties on the ensuing LSU drive proved costly. Senior offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale jumped before the snap on two consecutive plays. After a 1-yard run by freshman running back Alfred Blue, Jefferson completed one of his best passes of the night — a 22-yard strike to senior wide receiver Terrence Toliver. That play too would be negated by penalty, as redshirt freshman guard Josh Williford was ﬂagged for holding, ultimately stalling the drive and drawing the wrath of LSU coach Les Miles. “I found a cadence issue early on that we got ironed out, and I found a holding penalty in the
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fore falling out of bounds, tossed it back to long-snapper Jason Kyle, who tapped toes on both feet down like a receiver just inside the sideline. New Orleans converted the turnover into Moore’s second TD on a 16-yard catch and run to put New Orleans ahead 21-17 late in the third quarter. Fortunately for Atlanta, Ryan rarely made a mistake and routinely exhibited uncanny instincts, decisiveness and accuracy in the clutch. On the Falcons’ 80-yard scoring drive to take the lead in the fourth quarter, Ryan converted a third-and-10 with a pass to Gonzalez and his scoring strike to White came on third-and-6. Brees, who was 30 of 38 for 365 yards and three TDs, drove the Saints into game-tying ﬁeld goal range late in regulation, in part by converting a fourth-and-1 pass to Shockey for a 6-yard gain. Hartley made that kick, from 32 yards, with four seconds left in the fourth quarter. Last season, Hartley sent the
game that I was concerned with,” Miles said after the game. “I’m not happy about that in any way, and our football team will feel that Monday.” The most electrifying play of the game came in the second quarter on junior cornerback Patrick Peterson’s 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. But even that play was somewhat sullied by an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty against Peterson after he struck the Heisman Trophy pose in the end zone. “I apologized. I was caught in the moment, and it so happened that I did it,” Peterson said. “I got too overboard, so I have to calm down next time so we don’t get [another 15-yard penalty].” In the second half, redshirt freshman defensive end Barkevious Mingo made two mistakes that netted 15-yard penalties against LSU. Mingo was ﬂagged for grabbing Devine’s facemask after tackling Devine for a loss of eight yards and then for roughing the passer, LSU’s fourth personal foul of the game and ﬁfth 15-yard penalty overall. Senior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard said the personality of
the defense is aggressive, and the penalties by Mingo exempliﬁed that identity. “We all know about Mingo. He throws his body around on the line for the team,” Sheppard said. “When guys have that kind of effort, they just have to control that rage. But you can’t fault him for it.” Mingo was credited with two quarterback hurries on the night, including on West Virginia’s ﬁnal offensive play of the game when sophomore quarterback Geno Smith threw an incomplete pass on third-and-11. With redeeming plays like Mingo’s in mind, Hebert said he has not lost faith in the team to conquer its self-destructing penalties as the season continues. “I can’t say anything negative about our defense. They’re probably the best defense in America,” Hebert said. “They play so hard and keep us in so many games. ... On offense we’ll pick it up and get it ﬁgured out as far as those mental errors go.”
Saints to the franchise’s ﬁrst Super Bowl with an overtime game-winner in the NFC title game, made three ﬁeld goals during the Super Bowl and also clinched the Saints’ Week 2 win at San Francisco last Monday night with a 37-yard, partially blocked ﬁeld goal at the end of regulation. He just couldn’t come through in OT this time, and the critical miss looked similar to two less consequential misses that were hooked left in the Saints’ season opening win against Minnesota. While Brees was clutch late, he made early mistakes that came back to haunt his team, throwing an interception on a ﬂea-ﬂicker and another when he tried to underhand a pass to Graham as he was falling forward. Brent Grimes made Atlanta’s ﬁrst interception and DeCoud the second. Brees also was sacked by both John Abraham and Jonathan Babineaux. Ryan, by contrast, minimized mistakes, going 19 of 30 with no interceptions and taking only one sack by Will Smith. Ryan was at his determined best on a 19-play, 72-yard drive that consumed 10:39 of the
second quarter and tied the game at 14 shortly before halftime. Ryan converted a third-and-short with a quarterback keeper that required a second effort after he was hit behind the line of scrimmage. He converted another third down with a pass to Gonzalez along the sideline while scrambling to his right. Then he converted a pair of fourthand-short plays with quick passes over the middle. Turner punctuated the drive with his 1-yard scoring plunge.
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Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 LSU swept Alabama on Friday night in Tuscaloosa while hitTigers. ting at .393 percentage. “Johnson did a great job The Tigers were led by Johnkind of opening up the hitters in son’s 40 assists and Williams’ 13 the middle and allowed the other kills. hitters to help out the outside,” The win, though, was a bit out Bensend said. “We of the norm for the can thank Johnson Tigers. because she’s the “This was not one that helps us a normal match out the most.” for us in terms of The Tigers hit getting into our at a .358 pace and rhythm,” Flory held the Bulldogs said following to a .143 mark for Friday’s match. “I Lauren Waclawczyk the match, somecan’t say enough junior libero thing Waclawcabout the poise, zyk credits to the conﬁdence and team’s ability to talk out scenarios. composure that our team showed “Our communication was a lot to stay the course.” better,” Waclawczyk said. “[LSU But for now, Waclawczyk said coach] Fran [Flory] preached to us the team is soaking in the feeling and preached to us about how im- of the great start. portant communication is. And not “We’re not stopping. We love just communication about the oth- this feeling. We don’t want it to er team, but communication about end,” Waclawczyk said. “We have our own team. We were pushing such a cohesiveness going now each other to the limit, knowing that it’s going to be hard to break what we can and can’t do, and we that. So hopefully this keeps gowere just really helping each other ing, and we’re just going to enjoy out and empowering the person it.” next to us.” The Tigers also totaled four Contact Rob Landry at service aces and dug 54 balls. email@example.com
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Tigers pummel WVU Mountaineers LSU wins 51-14 on the Parade Ground Ben Wallace Special to The Daily Reveille
While the Tigers’ offense struggled against West Virginia on the football field this weekend, the LSU rugby team managed to blow out the visiting Mountaineers 51-14. In the midst of blaring music and tailgating at the Parade Ground, Bobby Johns and the LSU rugby team put a beat down on West Virginia. The senior captain led the team with three scores and a pair of conversions in a season-opening blowout victory. West Virginia didn’t even get on the scoreboard until late in the second half when eight-man Nick
Sacheli scored on a long run against a second string-defense. LSU ran all over the Mountaineers and scored almost at will the entire first half, building a 32-0 halftime lead. For about a 10-minute stretch in the second half, the Tigers were up 51-0 on the visitors. “We’re always striving for perfection,” Johns said. “There’s so much pressure to win and by so much.” The pressure comes because LSU doesn’t usually get a cut at the best rugby competition in the South, as most good teams come from the North and California. The Tigers know blowouts are necessary to prove to others and themselves that they can compete with the best in the nation. But LSU coach Scott McLean said Saturday’s performance clearly
gets the ball rolling in the right direction. “I was really impressed by the younger players,” McLean said. “We continue to get better every week.” Players and coaches agreed playing the game at the Parade Ground on a football game day brought out many more LSU fans than games at the UREC Sport and Adventure Complex. “Hopefully they’ll start playing here more so that they get known,” said Harsha Dissanayake chemical engineering junior and an avid rugby fan. Rugby’s next scheduled game is against LSU rugby alumni on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Highland Road Park. Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Forced to sit out last season after taking a redshirt, cross country junior Richard Chautin is making up for lost time in a big way. With temperatures reaching into the 90s, Chautin followed up his medalist performance in the Bulldog Invitational with a second-place finish in the LSU Invitational on Saturday. Chautin completed the 8K course in 25 minutes, 58.90 seconds. He was part of a three-man group that broke away from the pack with a blistering opening mile, but he finished 20 seconds behind Southeastern Louisiana junior Henry Rop, who surged ahead in the final mile. “What can you say about Richie?” said LSU coach Mark Elliott. “I think he’s assuming his role as being the best guy on the team, and he’s running well.” His performance Saturday helped the Tigers finish runner-up in their only home meet of the year. The team hierarchy is beginning to take shape as senior Tim Landry and junior Cullen Doody were LSU’s second and third finishers, respectively, for the second consecutive time. Landry crossed the line in 26 minutes, 43.54 seconds. His sixthplace finish was a career-best performance.
“I’m learning to count on Tim,” Elliott said. “He’s doing extremely well.” The Lady Tigers came in fourth, aided by top-10 individual finishes from junior Laura Carleton and sophomore Brea Goodman, as well as strong results from sophomores Dakota Goodman and Leigh-Ann Naccari and senior Lauren Ybarzabel, who finished 20th, 21st and 22nd, respectively. Carleton’s sixth-place time of 21 minutes, 24.28 seconds was a career-best at the 6K distance. It was her third consecutive race as the top finisher for the Lady Tigers, including the final competition of the 2009 season. After listening to Elliott, however, it would be easy to confuse the results of the two teams. Addressing his runners after the meet, Elliott praised the women for their effort but chastised the men, who had several runners drop out of the race.
“The women [showed improvement] for sure,” Elliott said. “The men in the top six did, but I was not pleased with seventh, eighth, ninth and some of the kids who did not finish.” Chautin said the heat hurt his chances for back-to-back wins. “It was just so damn hot,” he said. “I probably went out a little faster last week. I just couldn’t hold on to it as well today. That could have been due to a lot of factors like the heat or the training we’ve done this week.” Runners also had to deal with slight changes to this year’s course because of construction at Highland Road Park. Elliott said the adjusted route had an extra hill. “I think our course, while it doesn’t seem challenging, it really is,” he said. “It breaks up your rhythm when you’re running.” Contact Ryan Ginn at email@example.com
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LSU fans must stop booing own players Dear LSU students, faculty, parents and fans, listen up. Or should I say read up. No matter what our differences are, we all have one thing in common. We all come together on Saturday nights in the most feared stadium in college football: Death Valley. Seating 92,400 people, that can do some intimidating damage to
our rivals. We should use this to our advantage. That being said, when the student section population is around 16,000, and they are all cheering the same thing, the stadium hears it. Everyone hears it. We are trying to see our rival teams’ tail between their legs. We want them to be scared of the LSU Tigers as a team. And not JUST the football team. The whole school and fan base is a team, especially when we are all piled into that sacred stadium together. So if we are all a team, why don’t we act like it? I’ve had the honor to have Jordan Jefferson lead my high school
to win a state championship title in 2007. Booing Jefferson and chanting for Les Miles to put Jarrett Lee in is not, and I repeat IS NOT, the way to show our Tiger spirit. It’s also hypocritical. When Jefferson does something good, everyone is cheering and celebrating, “Yeah! Go Jordan!” But the first time he screws up, y’all are already rooting for him to get replaced. That is not fair at all and extremely negative. Is that really the way LSU Tigers should act? If Jordan Jefferson wasn’t a good quarterback, our record right now would not be 4-0. But aside from that, why would you boo your
fellow team member, fellow student and friend? We are supposed to be showing support for our football team, not going against them. Save the booing for the rival teams. It hurts me to see how many people are so negative toward our starting quarterback. Do you guys really not have any sympathy at all? I definitely don’t see you booers out on that field every Saturday dealing with the pressure Jefferson is under. Stop being so negative. I’m tired of yelling at everyone to “Shut up!” when you start booing our players. It’s ridiculous and completely unnecessary. I hope to see some change in
Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 football games to come. Start playing and cheering as a team. A supportive team. We are LSU. We strive to be the best in everything that we do. That includes being the best fans and team supporters we can be. Geaux Tigers! Kacie Yent mass communication freshman
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Marijuana legalization would save California economy
There are pivotal tipping points in which countries must make important decisions — decisions that will drastically affect the their future. This will be one of those situations. For decades, a growing population of America’s citizens have cried for marijuana to be legalized. Even in the ’60s many thought America was on the verge of legalization, but here were are, all the way in 2010, with cannabis still banned from our home gardens.
I’m not qualified to speak on the moral, ethical or religious implications of legalization. I’ll leave that for the priests, philosophers and politicians. However, I believe Devin Graham we should know Columnist a little better exactly what we will, in all probability, be expected to vote on in our
lifetimes. A small introduction is in order. California is in a bit of a pickle. The state is running into some tough financial woes, much like our beloved University. Estimates of California’s annual marijuana sales total around $14 billion each year. If that were taxed at 10 percent or so, it would bring in around $1.4 billion each year and go a long way toward helping California’s debt situation. At first glance, many imagine
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pot-drained zombies running rampant in the streets, taxi cab and bus drivers lighting up a dubbie on the job and general mayhem on scales hitherto unseen. That’s ridiculous. We don’t worry about people hitting 21 and suddenly being unable to hold a job or keep a relationship (usually), and if someone shows up to work drunk, we don’t harass those politicians that repealed prohibition in the ’30s. We fire the bum for not doing his job. So, we shouldn’t see a huge impact on production if states start to light up — we’ll still be able to get our books, TVs and boundless amounts of junk food without delay. Consider this, though: You’re a lowly farmer, with massive debt to pay for your equipment and a pay barely above poverty. You can grow fruits and nuts for a modest price — or cannabis. If you grow cannabis, you’re actually growing a double crop. Hemp, one of mankind’s most useful fibers, is made from a different part of the plant than what’s smoked, so you can make a lot of money selling both parts. Why should you care? California is the sole producer (99 percent or more) of goods like almonds, grapes, raisins, pomegranates and clingstone peaches. If the number of sellers for crops doesn’t increase, and they start to switch over to cannabis in the way classical economics predicts they will, the supply of the other goods decreases, meaning their prices will increase. Marijuana legalization will affect crop prices, but what about jails? Well, it turns out quite a few inmates are in jail for drug-related offenses. According to the FBI, there were 858,408 arrests for
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marijuana charges in 2009. When we take into account the massive costs of finding these people, charging them and subsequently paying for their jail time, the costs are literally in the billions of dollars. Billions. It’s a chaotic time, friends. This November, California will vote on Proposition 19, possibly becoming the first state to legalize what is a massive underground industry. These chaotic times can be tough for established businesses but provide a solid opportunity for start-up businesses, thus creating jobs. One of the most concerning problems facing modern economics is the inability to really apply the scientific method. We can’t just legalize pot and see what happens any more than we can just tweak the unemployment rate or inflation. But we can expect a few things: the prices of many agricultural goods, especially those exclusively grown in California, will probably rise slightly. Start-up companies will emerge to capture the new market hoping their profits get as high as their customers (which would create new jobs for citizens) and the cost of law enforcement will be redirected to other, more violent crimes. California’s economy just might have a budding opportunity here — though the state now has two green initiatives to manage. Devin Graham is a 21-year-old business management senior from Prairieville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_dgraham. Contact Devin Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org
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On Andrew Robertson’s column, “Classics instructors fired, questions remain unanswered,” one user had this to say: For months now I myself have been asking many questions about the University’s future. However, the more I try to look, the less I want to because it gets more depressing. Yet again, Chancellor Martin has shown that he lacks any sort of empathy, compassion or understanding for anyone other than himself and his superiors. From the same man who questioned why students complain about tuition increases when there “are so many nice cars in the parking lot,” we are getting yet another slap in the face. Some of the other questions I have been asking myself are, “Why, at Pierre’s Landing, did they
Opinion replace a perfectly functioning cooler with one that looks like it’s from the ’70s and doesn’t even work?” “Why did renovations start on the science annex when there, according to the University, isn’t any money to spare?” and “Why did Chancellor Martin receive a pay increase if the University is hurting?” Perhaps my favorite thing to see is that no matter what the question is, Martin has no answer and instead tries to push off questions to others. I posit that, sir, if you have no answers, how can you be doing your job? While I understand the plight of the foreign language teachers, there is something relating to them that I would love to know, and I’m sure many others would too. That is: how does it make any kind of sense to force biology, English, poli-sci majors, and others to take foreign
language classes, and yet business majors don’t have to take even ONE? Would someone please explain how that makes any practical sense? What I have been saying, and will continue to say is this: LSU was in trouble before budget cuts and we simply exacerbated the problem. What we’re seeing now is the result of mismanagement, lack of foresight and a lack of caring for the very people that make up this institution, namely students and instructors. Secondly, if higher education wants to keep up with the times, then we need a SERIOUS and sweeping overhaul of the system. How can you possibly expect people to be prepared for the work force when what you’re preparing them for is simply more school? There should be a vast difference between high school and college, but I have yet to see much of
any, and I’m graduating in December. Perhaps the most depressing thing I have seen in the last few months, though, showed up in the Reveille today, a headline that read “Donations pour in for stadium windows.” What kind of message is it that while instructors and staff are being laid off in droves, people are paying $2,000 a piece for a purple or gold window for the stadium? To me, the message is clear, and it is that football is far more important to anyone than education, and, honestly, if this is what the people want, then it is exactly what they deserve. Perhaps a few years down the road, when BRCC becomes the new flagship school of Louisiana, maybe someone somewhere will see the problem. I’m sure my questions will continue to go unanswered or will be
page 9 met with the usual political side-talking that the University is famous for, maybe even anger, but at least some people will see this and think for themselves. Every student and every “Tiger Fan” needs to understand something important: Football can’t exist without the University; you don’t come here for football, you come here to learn, don’t forget that. If you don’t want all of your time and money that you’ve invested into this place to go to waste then you need to wake up and fight against what’s happening because obviously the Chancellor can’t and/or won’t. Anonymous
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Give the death penalty the chair: dying isn’t suffering enough This past Thursday marked the first time a woman was put to death in the United States in five years. A decade after successfully plotting the death of her husband and stepson, Teresa Lewis finally received socalled justice. This execution has not come without some outcry from international sources, which use Lewis’ low IQ to argue lightening her punishment to life in prison instead. However, among those who spoke out against her execution was America’s favorite anti-Semite/conspiracy theorist, Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who complained of the West’s double standard about executions. He’s alluding, of course, to a current situation in his country of Iran. About 6,000 miles away in Tehran, a woman sits on death row. This woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, was sentenced in 2006 for adultery. Unlike Lewis’ painless execution, Ashtiani would have been stoned to death had it not been put on hold since July. For Mr. Ahmadinejad, these two crimes are apparently comparable, and he finds it outrageous for our media to decry Ashtiani’s execution and not Lewis’. While obviously spouting entertaining, anti-American rhetoric like usual, he does make me wonder again if it’s time we rethink our capital punishment laws. In 2009, 52 inmates were executed in 11 states, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice. Currently, 35 states allow the death penalty, with the most usually occurring in Texas. However, while the number being executed seems fairly low, the total population of inmates on death row is much higher. As of January of this year, there were more than 3,000 inmates waiting on death row, all waiting an average of 10 years, like Lewis experienced. This may not seem like a big deal until you take into account the massive cost required. According to the Death Penalty
Information Center, it costs California taxpayers $90,000 a year to keep a convict on death row, nearly double the average cost of a normal inmate at $47,000. With 697 criminals currently residing there, this adds up to $62,730,000 a year — simply so Zachary Davis we can kill them. Sounds like Columnist a pretty big waste of money to me, especially in this economy. Beyond the economic reasons to abolish the death penalty, one must not forget the moral and political
implications of it as well, which for many people is the driving force behind their protests. In fact, the death penalty was suspended by the Supreme Court in 1972, which said the penalty violated the Eighth Amendment by being cruel and unusual punishment. Of course, being the violencefueled culture we are, the death penalty resumed only four years later. Our use of it to this day makes us one of only 58 countries and the only other permanent member of the U.N. Security Council besides China to still use it on a regular basis. For a country that prides itself on being fairly advanced, this makes us seem pretty damn backward
among the rest of the world. Beyond all this, though, there’s always been one point that has upset me about the death penalty, and it’s the main reason I want it abolished. Is dying really much of a punishment for these people? These are society’s scum, either having taken others’ lives or committing treason against the U.S., yet they get a chance to really escape what they’ve done. Instead of suffering in a prison cell, dealing with other inmates and living with their actions, they instead only live in confinement on death row for a few years and then it’s over. This seems much more of an escape than a punishment, and while
unconstitutional, I’d rather see them suffer far more. So while we hope Ashtiani does not have to suffer death by stoning in Iran, I say it is time to change our own system as well. Punish these people with something far worse than the freedom of death, and stop wasting money to support them in such bad economic times. Zachary Davis is a 19-year-old history sophomore from Warsaw, Poland. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_zdavis. Contact Zachary Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
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“I apologize,” Peterson said about the penalty. “I was caught in the moment, but I’ve just got to control myself on the celebration next time.” Peterson’s return was his first career touchdown in Tiger Stadium. While Peterson was electrifying the crowd with his dazzling returns, the Tigers failed to answer a question that has plagued the team all season. While there aren’t many 4-0 teams mired in quarterback controversies, especially when coming off a win over a ranked opponent, that’s precisely where LSU sits. The Tigers beat the Mountaineers using the same win-ugly formula used all season. The offense had an atrocious night, while the defense and special teams were spectacular for the Tigers, who survived a 14-point West Virginia rally. Junior running back Stevan Ridley was once again the only bright spot for a Tiger offense that failed to post at least 100 passing
yards for the third straight game. “We can run the football well. We didn’t throw it as well as we would’ve liked,” said LSU coach Les Miles. “Our quarterback play has got to get better. It’s just that simple.” Junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson completed less than 50 percent of his 22 pass attempts and only managed 75 yards through the air. Jefferson looked indecisive on more than one occasion and heard the crowd’s vociferous displeasure for it. The home crowd of 92,575 booed Jefferson enthusiastically for every over- or under-thrown receiver and every option keeper that was snuffed for minimal yardage. The crowd even booed Jefferson when he stumbled to a first down on an option play. Miles was not pleased with the crowd reaction. “I wonder if they realize how they represent themselves when they boo. Our team flew around and busted their tail, and you know what? They were not perfect,” Miles said. “But to think that somebody could boo great effort,
are you kidding me? It doesn’t make any sense. That guy [who boos], he goes to work, he goes to the coffee pot and he complains about the coffee. He didn’t make it.” The loudest cheers of the night may have come when junior quarterback Jarrett Lee — once the ultimate target of fan animosity — entered the game for Jefferson late in the fourth quarter. Lee completed both passes he attempted, though one was nullified by one of 12 penalties against LSU. Ridley carried the LSU offense on his back, especially in the second half when he toted the ball 14 times for 89 of his 116 yards. Ridley consistently broke 12- and 13-yard runs to keep the Tigers in the game but remained unsatisfied with the offense’s performance.
page 11 “I actually got aggravated because we’re a lot better than what we’ve shown,” Ridley said. “It’s kind of bittersweet. We’re 4-0, yes we’re happy, but at the same time I’m still aggravated because this team has so much potential.” The defense saved the day again for the Tigers, limiting a high-flying West Virginia offense to 177 total yards. The defense also forced two turnovers and blocked a chip-shot field goal. “[The Mountaineers are] probably the quickest and most speedy guys I’ve ever played against,” said senior linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who led the Tigers with 11 tackles. “They had about five or six guys they could just move around.” The defense bottled up Mountaineers senior running back Noel Devine. Devine entered the game
having rushed for more than 111 yards in each of West Virginia’s games this season, but the LSU defense stifled the speedy back to the tune of 37 yards on 14 carries. Perhaps the most telling stat of the game was the defense’s performance on third down. West Virginia only converted two of 13 third-down attempts — many of them in third-and-short situations. The special teams dominated once again, accounting for 13 of the Tigers’ 20 points. Seniors Derek Helton and Josh Jasper downed four out of six punts inside the 20yard line and came within inches of downing a fifth. Jasper connected on his two field goal attempts as well. Contact Luke Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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