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LSU football coach Les Miles, center, celebrates with the team Saturday after the Tigers defeated the Florida Gators, 33-29, in Gainesville, Fla.

LSU coach Les Miles receiving mixed commentary amid national media attention Matthew Albright Staff Writer

These last two weeks, media outlets both local and national have struggled to understand LSU football coach Les Miles — and what he means to the Tiger faithful. In the wake of the Tennessee game two weeks ago, when the

team’s last-minute confusion sent a rain of cups, water bottles and obscenities pouring down from the stands, Miles seemed to have a target on his back. Major national sports commentators discussed the rage some fans had for the coach, despite his perfect record this season. “Like perhaps no 5-0 coach

before him, LSU’s Les Miles has managed to win all of his games while simultaneously enraging his team’s fans,” wrote Darren Everson in a Wall Street Journal article titled “Undefeated and Completely Miserable.” “Miles might be the least-popular coach that a 5-0, 12th-ranked team could ever have,” said an

BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY

District comes together to fight crime Residents to form community report Celeste Ansley Staff Writer

Residents in District 10, which runs from campus to north Baton Rouge, gathered at Dufrocq Elementary School on Tuesday to discuss ways to stop crime. The meeting, called “Take Back District 10,” focused on various ways to take control of the increasing crime in the area.

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‘Tonight we are planning to make sure the community comes together to get real solutions.’ Tara Wicker

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Tara Wicker, District 10 councilwoman, began the meeting by reading two e-mails she received about issues dealing with crime and fear of reporting crime.

“Tonight we are planning to make sure the community comes together to get real solutions,” Wicker said. Wicker said the meeting was a rallying cry for change. The meeting was broken up into six sessions, which included a pastors’ roundtable, health and safety through neighborhood design, crime signals and symbols, crime policies, youth roundtable and community partners. Each session had a scribe to take notes so everyone’s ideas can be CRIME, see page 11

Associated Press story about the game. But in the wake of a hardfought Florida victory Saturday — a game clinched partially by a wild fake field goal on fourth-and-4 with 35 seconds on the clock — commentators started to speak of MILES, see page 11

The National Science Foundation has awarded the Louisiana Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, three Research Infrastructure Improvement grants totaling $23 million, according to a Tuesday news release. EPSCoR, housed within the Louisiana Board of Regents, is a merit-based program that distributes awards to research states based on a comprehensive peer-review process. “The successes are a result of EPSCoR’s continuing efforts to promote collaborative research, breaking boundaries between departments, campuses and even states,” Michael Khonsari, project director of EPSCoR and associate commissioner for Sponsored Programs at the Louisiana Board of Regents, said in the release. The program received a Track 1 award of $20 million for five years focusing on the behavior of materials ranging from biomolecular systems to energy storage; a Track 2 award of $2.16 million for three years to tackle coastal hazards and response; and a $1.17 million Cyber Connectivity package to be paid in a two-year period and will directly address the need to extend the Louisiana Optical Network. Contact Sydni Dunn at sdunn@lsureveille.com

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NATIONAL

STATE/LOCAL

Hurricane Paula forms Monday, heads to Yucatan Peninsula

Egypt sets new regulations on SMS services ahead of elections

Drilling moratorium ended early, unknown when work will resume

State botches Medicaid pay checks to doctors again after overpayment

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran emergency officials urged coastal residents to evacuate lowlying areas, and Mexico braced for a possible hurricane strike Tuesday as Paula strengthened and battered the Caribbean coast with strong winds and rain. Paula formed Monday off the coast of Honduras and quickly intensified into a hurricane early Tuesday, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, and it was already causing flooding along the Honduran coast and the Bay Islands. Airports in the region were closed Monday evening. Around dawn Tuesday, it had winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and was centered about 190 miles (310 kilometers) south-southeast of the resort island of Cozumel in Mexico. Paula was moving toward the northwest at nearly 10 mph (17 kph), bringing it near the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday night and today.

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s telecommunications regulator has set new rules for companies sending text messages to multiple mobile phones, in a move activists say will stifle efforts to mobilize voters ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections. Reform groups in Egypt, as well as elsewhere in the region such as Iran, have increasingly relied on the Internet and mobile phones to organize, mobilize and evade government harassment. Contested French immigration bill passes hurdle, heads to Senate next

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, under heavy pressure from the oil industry and Gulf states and with elections nearing, lifted the moratorium that it imposed last April in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill. The ban had been scheduled to expire Nov. 30, but Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday he was moving up the date because new rules imposed after the spill had reduced the risk of another catastrophic blowout. Industry leaders warily waited for details of those rules. Judge orders injunction of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ military policy

(AP) — First, the state health department overpaid doctors. Then, in its effort to recoup the overpaid money, the state deducted too much from physician checks. And like the previous mistake, Department of Health and Hospital officials blamed a computer glitch. DHH last week mistakenly deducted $3.4 million too much from checks reimbursing doctors for the care they provided the poor through the government’s Medicaid health insurance program. The error was made as DHH started recovering $11.6 million that was overpaid to Medicaid providers last year. Incest retrial order overturned, suspect still facing life sentence

INTERNATIONAL

PARIS (AP) — France’s lower house of parliament has passed an immigration bill that would strip naturalized citizens of their citizenships if convicted of murdering a police officer, judge or other representative of the state. The bill passed Tuesday with 294 votes for and 239 against. It must now go before the Senate.

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Fishermen try to secure a boat Tuesday before the estimated arrival of Hurricane Paula to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Paula formed Monday off the coast of Honduras and quickly intensified into a hurricane early Tuesday.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday immediately stopping enforcement of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, suspending the 17-year-old ban on openly gay U.S. troops.

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ordered a new trial for 37-year-old Vedo Guillory on two counts of aggravated rape and one of aggravated incest. But the Supreme Court overturned him Friday, saying Wyatt never explained what was wrong with Guillory’s original trial. Guillory was convicted of having sex with the victim at least twice before she turned 13, and once after. She testified she was abused from the time she was 8 years old until she was 14. Entergy under investigation in 4 states over competitive practices

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STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Legislators say face-to-face meetings key to budget crisis Hudson, Borel talk with state officials Celeste Ansley Staff Writer

The Jindal administration doesn’t plan to raise taxes to alleviate the higher education budget crisis, Student Government President J Hudson and Vice President Dani Borel said Tuesday. Hudson and Borel met with state officials — Executive Counsel Stephen Waguespack and Policy Director Camille Conaway — Tuesday to discuss the allocation of funding to higher education and government suggestions for educational institutions.

At the meeting, Waguespack funding is a system Waguespack and Conaway said the best way to doesn’t understand, Borel said. advocate for higher education is The method offers more for students to meet face-to-face money for students who meet with their legislators to discuss certain criteria, like those who the cuts, Borel are minorities, said. older than 26 or Hudson said pursuing a tech$8 billion of the nical degree, g o v e r n m e n t ’s Hudson said. General Budget Borel said is non-restrictthe system does ed, which covers not favor the things that are flagship institunot constitutiontion and, when J Hudson ally protected, asked, officials SG president like education. responded by Borel said saying it prothe state has unsuccessfully tried vides the University with capital to free up other areas of the bud- outlay funding by investing in get. University buildings. The allocation of educational This investment precedent

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‘It’s like saying ‘here’s a gold watch’ when all we need is a silver ring.’

was set by previous administrations, Borel said. Hudson said the capital outlay program isn’t well matched with the University’s needs. “It’s like saying ‘here’s a gold watch’ when all we need is a silver ring,” Hudson said. Borel said the government feels four-year institutions have low admissions standards and are accepting students who don’t succeed. The government wants to push for more programs to support transition from two-year to four-year institutions, such as

the “Bears 2 Tigers” program between Baton Rouge Community College and LSU, Borel said. The state government would also like to see institutions work together to specialize programs and departments. “The government office is pushing for each institution to specialize in certain areas,” Borel said.

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SG planning State Candidate Forum She said the Candidate Forum is “on Jindal’s calendar,” but the governor needs to approve the event before it officially makes it onto his schedule. Borel said Dardenne, a RepubMatthew Albright lican who is currently Secretary of Staff Writer State, is “very interested” in attendStudent Government represen- ing, but he also has yet to officially tatives are planning an on-campus schedule an appearance. State Candidate Forum for Oct. 26, Borel said she has not diswhich would bring together candi- cussed an appearance with Fayard, dates for the state-wide elections Dardenne’s Democratic opponent, Nov. 2. but she plans to do so quickly. The program was announced Neither Vitter, the RepubliTuesday in a broadcast e-mail from can incumbent, nor his challenger, SG detailing several planned initia- Democratic U.S. Congressman tives. Charlie Melancon, have committed SG Vice to the event, Borel President Dani said. Borel, who is in “We’re at their charge of planmercy,” she said. ning the event, Borel said it’s said the list of unlikely only one possible attendof the candidates ees includes would appear, as Gov. Bobby the other candiJindal, senatorial date would want Dani Borel candidates David to avoid being SG vice president Vitter and Char“shown up” by a lie Melancon and competitor. lieutenant governor candidates Jay “Either we’re going to get Dardenne and Caroline Fayard. both, or we’re not going to get eiBorel said most of the candi- ther,” she said. dates are interested in the event, but Borel said the event would none have definitively committed. be similar in format to the Faculty

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Senate-Chancellor Forum held last month. SG will take questions by e-mail at sg@lsu.edu. Officials will then select a few representative questions to ask the candidates, followed by time for students to ask their own questions directly. “Our goal is not for them to debate each other,” Borel said. “It’s for students to ask questions of these important candidates.” Borel said she anticipates most questions will be about higher education and the budget crisis. SG has yet to settle on a location for the event, Borel said.

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BUDGET CUTS

CAMPUS CRIME BRIEFS

More library databases may be cut

Juvenile arrested for possession of stolen items and burglary tools

Dictionary access extended 1 month Rachel Warren Contributing Writer

LSU Libraries is still in danger of losing more online databases after midyear budget cuts, but one dictionary subscription has received a temporary reprieve. LSU Libraries staff announced in June that LOUIS, the Louisiana Library Network, would lose twothirds of its budget and some of the LSU Libraries’ database subscriptions would not be renewed. Nancy Colyar, assistant dean of LSU Libraries, said Tuesday she had heard via e-mail and the library’s Facebook page about the disappearance of databases, particularly the Oxford English Dictionary. Collection Development Coordinator Bill Armstrong contacted the vendor, who extended the subscription to the OED by 30 days for free. The extended subscription was supposed to expire at the end of September but is still available online. Colyar said the canceled databases were chosen based on how often they were used. She said the OED received so much attention because there is nothing else like it offered on the LSU Libraries website. Colyar said it’s possible the library could lose databases in the future if its budget is cut further. “That’s not [information] we will give out unless it actually happens,” Colyar said. Colyar said a number of parents say their children may not be able to complete the research necessary to write their papers. “As that number [of databases] shrinks, it will be harder to do research,” Colyar said. “You might have to hunt harder to find what you’re looking for.” Amanda Amedee, veterinary medicine freshman, said she’s afraid the canceled databases are a sign of worse things to come. “More stuff’s going to get cut,” Amedee said. “It’s going to hurt the students.” Armstrong said in addition to offering the University a free extension, the OED vendor also offered the subscription to the University at a lowered price, but it may still be out of the University’s price range. “It’s a question of whether or not we can even afford that,” he said. Armstrong said he’s not at liberty to discuss the exact price of the subscription. Colyar said it’s possible the University will get the databases back, but that is not likely considering the current budget situation.

Contact Rachel Warren at rwarren@lsureveille.com

Officers arrested a 16-year-old juvenile Oct. 4 for possession of stolen items and burglary tools. According to Det. Jason Bettencourtt, LSU Police Department spokesman, officers found the suspect at 6 p.m. on South Stadium Drive and the North AgCenter parking lot. In the suspect’s backpack, officers found four MP3 players, a stolen debit card, a socket wrench and black leather gloves. The suspect was released to his guardian with charges, Bettencourtt said. Student arrested for resisting and battering police officer in dorm Officers arrested an 18-year-old University student Oct. 7 for resisting and battering an officer. Around 3:30 a.m., officers were sent to a residential college in response to a fight between two roommates, Bettencourtt said. One roommate said he was awoken by a blow to the head and loud noise, which he later realized was his drunken roommate entering the room while yelling and throwing things. Officers attempted to wake Jack Davis, of 239 Flournoy Lucas Road, Shreveport, and when Davis woke up, he struck the officer in the stomach, Bettencourtt said. Officers restrained Davis, who continued to resist and smelled of alcohol, Bettencourtt said. Because of his high level of intoxication, officers contacted EMS, who transported Davis to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for further testing, Bettencourtt said. Davis was issued a misdemeanor summons. Man arrested for stealing slicer from fraternity-serving caterer Officers arrested a former catering-company employee Oct. 11 for felony theft. Chad Fryou, 21, of 26123 Whispering Pines Ave., Denham Springs, worked with a catering company that services fraternity houses at the University, Bettencourtt said. In December 2009, Fryou stole a meat slicer valued at $1,000, and

officers obtained his home address and arrested him, Bettencourtt said. Fryou was booked in Livingston Parish Prison, Bettencourtt said. Student arrested for wallet theft during Himes Hall computer test Officers arrested a 20-year-old student Oct. 5 for misdemeanor theft. A student in McVoy Hall said her wallet was stolen from the computer lab in the basement of Himes Hall on Oct. 4, Bettencourtt said. Police used cameras to identify

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010 Richard Macaraeg, of 4600 Burbank Drive, Apt. 121, Bettencourtt said. Officers were informed that Macaraeg was taking a test in the computer lab, and they dispatched officers to Himes Hall to make the arrest. The victim’s debit card and ID were recovered. Macaraeg was issued a misdemeanor summons, Bettencourtt said. 10, 13 and 16-year-olds arrested for bicycle theft near 459 Commons Officers arrested three juveniles Oct. 9 for stealing bicycles.

Police were dispatched to the area in front of The 459 Commons at 9:30 p.m. where they found the suspects, ages 10, 13 and 16, attempting to steal bikes, Bettencourtt said. Officers were able to recover three bikes in their possession. The suspects were released to their guardians with their charges.

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The Workhorse

VOLLEYBALL

Tigers prep for midweek match Team plays three matches in six days Rob Landry Sports Contributor

LSU offense so far. In six games, Ridley has rushed 125 times for 640 yards and four touchdowns, ranking him second in the Southeastern Conference and No. 14 nationally in rushing yards and No. 4 in the country in rushing attempts. “He has really committed to this team,” Miles said. “He’s always been a leader, but with his play and how he comes to work, there is a marked change in how he has approached it, and it’s made a difference.” Ridley, a bruising runner who weighs

The normal rotation for a Southeastern Conference volleyball schedule is a scheduled match on Friday and another on Sunday. But because Vanderbilt does not field a team, it changes the rotation for the remaining 11 SEC teams, forcing them to play a midweek conference match twice a season. No. 12 LSU (16-1, 7-1) gets its first taste of midweek action tonight when Arkansas (9-10, 3-5) comes into the PMAC. LSU coach Fran Flory said she has her team up to the task. “You have to deal with it almost like it’s back-to-back-to-back matches,” Flory said. “So we took [Monday] off for some recovery time, and since it’s midterms, we needed the day to try to get ahead and get caught up, and hopefully they used that well.” The Tigers will play their third match in six days while balancing the academic challenges of midterm exams. “This is the hardest grind of the season, and unfortunately for us it’s in the most difficult time academically, as well,” Flory said. “Everybody else gets it at different times of the season, and for us it is unfortunate scheduling. But the bottom line is I think this team has learned to be pretty resilient, and I think this team

RIDLEY, see page 7

MIDWEEK, see page 7

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LSU junior running back Stevan Ridley (34) fends off Tennessee sophomore defensive back Marsalis Teague (10) on Oct. 2 during the Tigers’ 16-14 win against the Volunteers in Tiger Stadium. Ridley has rushed for 640 yards and four touchdowns this season, ranking him second in the Southeastern Conference.

LSU junior running back Stevan Ridley emerges as a catalyst for Tigers’ offense Sean Isabella Sports Writer

LSU football coach Les Miles was in a quandary nine months ago when former running backs Charles Scott and Keiland Williams used up their eligibility. With two of his workhorse backs gone, uncertainty rang across Baton Rouge as to who would become the next Clydesdale. Miles had a seasoned veteran in senior Richard Murphy and a plethora of young backs in redshirt freshman Michael Ford and true freshmen Alfred Blue and Spencer Ware.

But Murphy was still recovering from a season-ending ACL injury from the previous year, and Miles wasn’t about to entrust the job to a freshman. So he turned to junior running backStevan Ridley, a country boy from Natchez, Miss., who has patiently waited three years for his turn. “During the summer, [coach Miles] told us we needed a running back to step up and become a leader on this team and run the football,” Ridley said. Ridley eventually beat out Murphy for the starting job during fall camp and has been the catalyst for a somewhat anemic

BASEBALL

Ott’s dominant summer could help him land closer role LSU pitcher lit up Cape Cod League Rowan Kavner Sports Writer

“Matty Ice” is back. LSU junior pitcher Matty Ott allowed only one run in 20 1/3 innings out of the bullpen this summer for the Cape Cod League’s Harwich Mariners. LSU coach Paul Mainieri said he’s sure Ott’s dominating summer has his confidence back up as he competes to be the closer once again. He said he is “pretty sure”

Ott will be the closer this season. “I think the summer is really important for a lot of players,” Mainieri said. “They just grow an awful lot during that time. In this particular case, it helped a player get back on track.” Ott said Mainieri hasn’t told him if he is the permanent closer, but Ott said he has the impression he will retain that role if he pitches well in the fall. “We do have young guys, and I’m going to have to earn that closer role,” Ott said. “It’s not just going to be given to me.” Ott, whose 27 career saves at LSU are two shy of the school record, said it was comforting to pitch

well in the summer after a rough sophomore year with the Tigers. The Chalmette native was 2-4 with a 6.38 ERA, 40 strikeouts and 11 saves for LSU in 2010 after finishing his freshman season 4-2 with a team-best 2.68 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 16 saves. Ott allowed only nine hits — all singles — in 15 appearances this summer. He recorded seven saves and two wins while tossing 19 strikeouts and only four walks. Harwich field manager Steve Englert described the Cape Cod League as a “proving ground for the next level,” which scouts CLOSER, see page 7

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LSU junior pitcher Matty Ott throws a pitch Feb. 19 during the Tigers’ 5-4 win against Centenary at Alex Box Stadium. Ott played in the Cape Cod League this summer.


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SCHWEHMMING AROUND

MLB needs to get with the times and use instant replay

Major League Baseball has always been special in various ways. The U.S. Supreme Court held in 1922 that professional baseball would be exempt from antitrust laws (laws that basically keep players from successfully suing the league over things like free agency). Baseball is the only of the four major professional leagues with that exemption. Baseball is still the only sport Andy Schwehm Sports columnist called America’s pastime. And baseball is the only major sport without extensive use of instant replay. The debate over MLB’s lack of replay has been raging for the last few years as other leagues have expanded the use of their own forms of replay. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig sits still, upholding the current, antiquated system in place. It’s time for a change. Currently, the MLB instant replay system allows for reviews of home run calls to determine whether the ball was fair or foul, whether the ball actually left the playing field and whether the ball was subject to spectator interference. That’s a good start, but it’s simply not enough. The current

system is costing teams runs, outs and, more importantly, games. Thursday night, lack of instant replay may have cost the Atlanta Braves not only a game but their playoff series against the San Francisco Giants (Yes, it’s been nearly a week, and I’m still fuming about it). In the fourth inning, Giants catcher Buster Posey was called safe by umpire Paul Emmel on a steal of second base. Posey hadn’t gotten a steal all season, and he certainly didn’t earn his first on his own. Replays on TBS showed Posey was out by at least a foot. Posey would later score the only run of the game, and the Giants won, 1-0. Selig, unlike Emmel, needs to make the right call and change instant replay to include outs, not just home runs. I don’t want to start arguing and having instant replay on balls and strikes. That would take too long. To prevent making games any longer, managers could be limited to two “red flags” per game to challenge calls, just like in the NFL. But change won’t be easy. The other thing that makes MLB so special is the fraternity that surrounds it. That fraternity is comprised of numerous elder statesmen — I

mean very elder (not that there is anything wrong with that). The thing is, professional baseball has been around longer than any other professional sport. So those in and around it are older. They know the game, they know its history and they love that history. One thing about older people: They don’t like change. It’s a fact of life. Just try to take an old lady’s spot at church and see what happens. “The game’s been this way for 100 years, and it’s done well,” former Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella told MLB.com earlier this year. “Players, managers and coaches are all going to make mistakes, as umpires are, and it all evens out.” The good news is some of the younger coaches are in favor of it. So maybe there will be a change. If there is, though, MLB won’t be the first baseball league to use replay. It’s been one-upped in that respect by the “young’uns.” The Little League Baseball World Series instituted instant replay this summer to ensure correct calls were made. The umpires, in fact, wanted replay. They are volunteers who pay their way to fly to Williamsport, Penn., and give their time to umpire the games for 11and 12-year-olds. The replays worked. Instant

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Giants catcher Buster Posey steals second base Oct. 7 as Braves second baseman Brooks Conrad applies the tag.

replay was used 16 times during the tournament. Eight calls were overturned. The total delay for all 16 calls, according to Yahoo! Sports: 52 seconds. All they wanted was to get the call right. They did. Now it’s MLB’s turn.

Andy Schwehm is a 21-year-old psychology and English senior from New Orleans. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_Aschwehm. Contact Andy Schwehm at aschwehm@lsureveille.com


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in at 223 pounds, punished Florida defenders last week with 28 carries and is currently on pace for 250 rushing attempts. That number may not jump out on paper, but to put it in perspective, the last LSU player to break that mark was Dalton Hilliard in 1984 (254 rushes). What’s more of a testament to Miles’ trust in Ridley is that there has never been a true feature back during Miles’ tenure. Miles has always been known to use a running back by committee method, or best described by Murphy as whoever is “hot.” But midway through the season, Ridley accounts for 51.2 percent of LSU’s 244 rushing attempts. The closest things to featured backs were Scott in 2008 (43.8 percent), Jacob Hester in 2007 (36.8 percent) and Joseph Addai in 2005 (36.7 percent). The other two lead backs with Miles at the helm were Scott in 2009 (26.7 percent) and Hester in 2006 (20.9 percent). [Ridley is] hot right now,” Murphy said. “If the guy’s hot, let him keep running.”

Despite the hot start, there has been speculation that players like Murphy, Ford, Blue and sophomore wide receiver Russell Shepard could continue to spell carries from Ridley. But Ridley said he hasn’t heard of any changes yet. “Coach Miles has kind of said ... I’m going to get 20, 20-plus carries a game,” Ridley said. Ridley doesn’t have the speed of Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson or the quickness of legendary Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, but where he lacks in those areas he makes up for with brute strength. The former fullback turned tailback rarely gets stopped at the point of attack and relies heavily on yards after contact. Of his 125 carries, 71 have gone for at least 3 yards. “It’s like he’s made of metal,” said senior left tackle Joseph Barksdale. “He can really run over people.” Ridley’s rise to fame began last year when he scored from 8 yards out against Alabama after Scott broke his clavicle. He spent most of his first two seasons as a special teams player

like playing in the SEC,” Ott said. “It may even be a little tougher because you’ve got all those guys frequent. “He was our go-to guy the coming from every school.” Ott didn’t lose a single game whole summer,” Englert said. “He for the Mariners. The only game delivered that knockout punch.” The talent in the league is un- in which he allowed a run in the deniable. Former members of the regular season still resulted in a 9-6 Harwich victory. Harwich Mariners He said he include San Franfelt completely cisco Giants ace relaxed even in Tim Lincecum, and pressure situaTampa Bay Rays tions at the end of first baseman Carlos games. Pena and shortstop “You went Jason Bartlett, all of out there and rewhom participated membered why in the Major League you played the Baseball playoffs game,” Ott said. this year. Matty Ott “It was for the Ott, who was fun of it. You named the Allstate LSU junior pitcher go out there and Sugar Bowl Athlete of the Month in August, managed a have a good time.” Ott said staying relaxed con0.44 ERA and a place on the Cape Cod League All-Star team despite tributed to half of his success. “The other half was mechanpitching against top talent. The prestigious league inevita- ics,” he said. “I was rushing a little bly drew other Southeastern Con- bit last season and not taking my ference players. Ott played with time and rushing toward the plate. Tennessee pitchers Will Locante My arm couldn’t catch up with my and Matt Ramsey, Alabama pitcher lower body.” Ott said he expects to be back Adam Morgan and Alabama outfielder Taylor Dugas while with the to freshman form when he dons a Tiger uniform in 2011. Mariners. “When you go out and have a “It’s crazy how when you play against them you form an opinion good summer it kind of refocuses about them, and then when they’re you back to, ‘Hey, you’ve got on your team you wind up being this,’” Ott said. “‘Just go out this year, and show everybody you have best friends,” Ott said. Players from across the nation it back.’” flocked to the league, and all of them could hit well, Ott said. Contact Rowan Kavner at “Just the quality of competition you play out there is basically rkavner@lsureveille.com

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‘We do have young guys, and I’m going to have to earn that closer role... It’s not just going to be given to me.’

and was originally recruited as a fullback out of Natchez, Miss., from Trinity Episcopal High School. The talent was always there, but Ridley began to struggle soon after he switched to running back. “He’s grown as a runner since he first got here,” Murphy said. “At first he was being impatient and bouncing outside every time.” Ridley has since developed more patience and used his vision to allow the offensive line to create holes for him. During almost every media session, Ridley credits a revamped line for his success. But sometimes blocks are missed, and a running back needs to create his own opportunities. “To be as successful as he has been so far this season, you have to have some of that ability to react,” said junior center T-Bob Hebert. “The holes aren’t always going to be where you planned on them, and Ridley’s been really talented on where to go to find the successful play.”

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will step up to the challenge.” While the physical toll will be difficult for the Tigers to overcome, senior setter Brittney Johnson is confident in the team’s mindset. “Whenever you believe that you are going to win the game, you just do stuff out of your body that you don’t normally do,” Johnson said. “It’s even different from practice carrying over into the game. I believe in us completely.” But the team is fighting off a stomach virus that has made rounds through a couple of players in the past few days. Flory said the players missed practice Tuesday but will be back and ready to play tonight. The Razorbacks enter the contest on a three-match losing skid, their second streak of three or more consecutive losses this season. At the same time, Arkansas has shown great potential, stringing together a five-match winning streak earlier this season. They are led by sophomore outside hitter Jasmine Norton, who is averaging 3.86 kills per set and has knocked down a total of 297 balls this season. “We’re going to have to control her a little bit,” Flory said. “She’s a phenomenal player — great athlete. And last year she had great matches against us, so we’re going to have to do a much better job defending her to be successful.” Contact Rob Landry at rlandry@lsureveille.com

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Students should stand up for higher education First, I applaud those who participated in the jazz funeral on Thursday. This spark will ignite the fire needed to burn the ideas that are stifling our future. However, our job is not over; we must regroup, rethink and reorganize our efforts to reduce monetary malpractice upon Louisiana’s higher education system. Here is some food for thought. In a press conference on higher education held June 11, 2009, Governor Bobby Jindal said, “We have got to continue to support the LSU

Flagship Agenda. It is critical not only for LSU but for our state that we’ve got a flagship institution that is nationally competitive” Between March 2, 2009, and July 20, 2009, Jinal used state-funded helicopters and pilots to “travel to various parts of the state to attend church services and meet with community officials.” The helicopters cost $1,200 per hour to operate. He took 14 of these trips, which cost Louisiana $45,000. In his first speech of the “Building a Better LA for our Children” tour Aug. 11 in Monroe, the governor said, “When we took office, Louisiana had no comprehensive workforce development system to provide businesses with a skilled workforce, nor did we have a system capable of guiding our people to find a rewarding career.”

At first, Jindal opposed the repeal of the Stelly Plan as being “too costly to declining state coffers” but changed his allegiance when he came under fire by middle- to upper-class action against the measure. With the removal of the Stelly Plan, the state’s estimated revenue shortfall for 2010 is about $567 million. Had the Stelly Plan not been removed, we would not have such a dramatic shortfall. With all this is mind, here is what I have to say: Unfortunately, it takes money to get an education and even more to receive a quality education from a nationally competing university. If it is critical for LSU as a university to be this national competing flagship of Louisiana, then obviously we need money and cannot take any more cuts to the academic budget.

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Governor Jindal has lost perspective of what “Building a Better LA for our Children” really means. Our children need somewhere they can receive guidance “to find a rewarding career.” Cutting your flagship’s main mast is not the way to do that, nor is spending $45,000 on helicopter rides. Our future lies within the education of our youth. If we let these cuts go unchecked, all our futures are in jeopardy. Louisiana will no longer have a nationally recognized educational entity, which in turn will reduce the amount of intelligent students coming into our University — thus, eliminating those who stay within our state after graduation to start businesses, run for public office, teach, etc. Whether it be slightly raising taxes, cutting other parts of the

budget or a mix, I don’t care. What I do care about is the success of this University, its students and our state. We must act now in order to combat this impending doom. Contact your local legislators; let them know your disapproval. Get involved. Proud Students needs ideas and people to complete its goal. And remember the Nov. 10 protest, where we will rally against those proposing to sink our ship as well as our state. Governor Jindal has shown he can be swayed. Let’s change his mind. Logan Sloan political science sophomore

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CANCEL THE APOCALYPSE

Higher ed. failing by design, critical thinking undermined

“There’s a war on for your mind!” cries the conspiracy theory-esque news website, Infowars. com. And while I doubt the accuracy of its headlines predicting an imminent police state or that the U.S. government is poisoning us with fluoridated water, there may be some truth in its catchphrase. Higher education is under attack, most recently evidenced by recurring headlines reminding us of the elephant in the classroom — budget cuts. But while the University will soon face its darkest days, other institutions of higher — or should I say lower — learning are receiving notoriety and money throughout the country. I’m talking, of course, about community colleges. Only last week, President Obama encouraged a stronger partnership between two-year public colleges and prominent employers like McDonald’s and Gap. And on Monday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it was giving a $20 million, multi-year grant to aid in the development of online degrees with a primary focus on community colleges. But should we be surprised in our hour of potential financial exigency? George Carlin, the closest thing to a prophet our world has seen since the biblical figure Amos, predicted this not long ago: “There’s a reason education sucks ... and it’s never going to get any better because the owners

of this country don’t want that,” Carlin said in one of his comedic rants on education. “Forget the politicians. ... You have owners. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They want obedient workers.” I can’t say I disagree. Andrew It’s no seRobertson cret our educaOpinion Editor tion system is a failure, but could it really be by design? When I use the term “education,” I’m not talking about obtaining the placebo diploma from either a community college or university, stating you’ve paid the fees and served the required time to be deemed “educated.” Rather, I’m referencing the struggle of considering and wrestling with the concepts, theories and thoughts of our forebears in an objective manner. Or, more simply, learning to think critically. This is by no means a simple task. It is not terribly difficult to memorize a formula and use it to solve an equation. It’s even easier to take lecture notes and regurgitate them in a Blue Book, which somehow demonstrates you’ve “learned” the material. But the more difficult task is critically assessing the material at hand, attempting to expose its

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flaws and apply its strengths to any situation. This kind of learning assumes you’ve mastered the material and requires you to go beyond simple regurgitation. The danger for those in power has always been that this kind of thinking cannot be unlearned or forgotten. One can easily forget a formula, quote or historical date — as if they meant much to begin with. It is, however, nearly impossible to unlearn the essays one has painfully constructed about the faults of, say, Derridian deconstruction or whether speaking in tongues is genuine. This process doesn’t teach you to mimic the teacher’s thoughts — it forces you to create your own. Thinking critically is not merely ingesting the assigned material and moving on. It is, rather, considering the material and taking it apart — recognizing its faults and using its strengths to support one’s own thesis. Rather than trying to give this priceless gift to the masses, it seems our leaders, both local and national, would rather have a population of able-bodied workers, capable of menial tasks without the ability to question. I can’t say I blame them. Imagine if these pages were filled only with reiterations of what our administrators and politicians wanted. We’d be nothing more than a microphone echoing their hollow sentiments to our peers. That’s the lesser, bush-league

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example. Now imagine an entire generation that doesn’t know anything except what it has been told was “true.” The recent favoritism shown to two-year “colleges” makes it clear: Our right to receive a true education as opposed to a trade school certificate or placebo degree is indeed under attack. In the words of Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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He might have been on to something there. Andrew Robertson is a 23-year-old English writing and culture senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_arobertson.

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Quote of the Day “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” Edward Everett American educator April 11, 1794 — Jan. 15, 1865


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Civil Rights Movement goes beyond legislation

This summer marked the 46th anniversary of one of the most famous pieces of legislation in American history: the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The principles of equality and individual liberty underlying the act — and the Civil Rights Movement in general — are undoubtedly some of the most noble and virtuous causes mankind has ever advocated. Many modern history textbooks focus on the Civil Rights Act as a starting point for racial progress in America. However, the monumental legacy of the act itself all too often overshadows the remarkable advances African Americans and other minority groups were making decades before the passage of the bill — despite the political subjugation they faced. In “Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?” economist Thomas Sowell points out that the most dramatic economic advancements

of African Americans in both incomes and occupations occurred not after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 but well before the civil rights legislation of 1957 and 1964 were signed into law. In the two decades prior to the Civil Rights Act, Sowell notes African Americans more than doubled their representation in professional, technical and other high-level positions. “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 represented no acceleration in trends that had been going on for many years,” Sowell concludes. In fact, the percentage of black people employed as managers and administrators was no higher after the act had passed 1967 than it had been in 1964 or 1960. The real significance of the act isn’t so much that it attempted to end discriminatory practices in the business sector where many minorities were actually making rapid progress. What made the act so significant was it eliminated

many of the institutional forms of racism within the American government dating all the way back to the Reconstruction era. Contrary to popular belief, government action Scott Burns wasn’t the Columnist driving force behind racial progress in America. Much of the African-American community’s progress was already taking place in the private sphere despite ongoing political oppression. In many ways, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was more a reflection of the philosophical change that had already taken roots in the hearts and minds of many American citizens. Though the Civil Rights Act was certainly a landmark moment in American history, it’s also

important to realize not all legislation that came in the wake of the Civil Rights Act was a clear-cut success. Many prominent economists like Sowell now argue that many ensuing Supreme Court rulings and government interventions “on behalf of racial equality” not only failed to achieve their desired results but also actually worsened conditions for the minority groups they were designed to protect. A primary example of a counterproductive legislation Sowell mentions is the wave of affirmative action cases and welfare programs that followed the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Far from benefiting minority groups, scholars like Sowell argue that affirmative action and welfare actually proved counterproductive for African Americans on many levels and only served to exacerbate preexisting racial tensions. In the end, the enormous strides taken by minority groups

prior to 1964 show that the victories of the Civil Rights Movement cannot ultimately be confined to any one particular piece of legislation. They should instead be attributed to the revolutionary thinkers who emphasized morality and equality over hatred and politics and to the inspirational ability of many minorities to overcome political subjugation and abuse. Nearly a half century later, it is important for students to remember the brave men and women of this time who, despite enormous government obstacles, were able to progress and prosper at unprecedented rates. Scott Burns is a 21-year-old economics and history senior from Baton Rouge. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_sburns.

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THE BOTTOM LINE

Every second counts – and has cash value to boot Once, while sitting and drinking a sweet frappuccino with a friend, I had an interesting thought: How much money do I make per second? It was interesting and a little fun, and it led me to check into the incomes of other people — from regular people like you and me to CEOs and athletes — and how much money they earn per second. As it turns out, I don’t make much, but that’s OK — for now. When I ran these numbers, I took total income for the year and counted it as if they were getting paid constantly, every second of every day, all year round. I did this for two reasons. First, it’s extremely difficult to get a hold of someone’s time sheets, so this gives us a standard for comparison, as many of the people listed get a salary, not a wage. Second, and more importantly, if you don’t already think you are working a job 24 hours a day everyday, you should. Wait! Before you think I have a distorted sense on obligation to my job, consider this: Let’s say you take a night job at the local 7-Eleven. You stay up all night working the register, restocking drinks and gum — all the world’s most fulfilling activities. After a long night’s work, you drive home and go to sleep. During the day, you’re not getting paid, but your night job stops you from taking any day jobs, right? Every job has it. If I asked you to come and speak at my convention and offered to pay you $5,000 to do it, that would usually be a good deal. If you had to fly to Africa to get there, speak for two days

then fly back home, the length of the trip would be taken into account. After all, you lost all that time when you could have been doing something else. W h e n measuring how much money you really have, Devin Graham it’s sometimes useful to meaColumnist sure your income in terms of a commodity. For example, I can buy two slices of pizza or 1.5 Mochasippis per hour. See that? More fun than watching “Jersey Shore.” Dream big! Let’s use an iPad for comparison. Apple’s newest baby has an entry-level price of $499. A student worker at the University making $7.50 per hour would have to work for 3,992 minutes to make that, or 2.77 days. The average salary of an overseas missionary is $69,000, according to SimplyHired.com, meaning they would need only 3,808 minutes of passing time to make enough to buy an iPad — around 2.6 days, or walking 190 miles non-stop. The average LSU full-time salary faculty member made $79,954 last year, or one iPad per 3,287 minutes — only marginally better than a missionary. But what about our beloved Chancellor? Michael Martin leaves those salaries in the dust and only needs 657 minutes of breath to make enough to buy an iPad. That means he could grab a spot on the old leather couch Saturday morning, watch the “Lord of the Rings”

trilogy, then grab an iPad from all that hard work — to post about it on Facebook, no doubt. Then there are the big money makers, like the CEO of Oracle, who needs only 3.11 minutes to make iPad-level cash. Think about this: He could go to sleep, and in the time it takes you to run into the gas station and buy gum, he made enough cash while sleeping to buy Apple’s new tablet. Nice! To get out of the business world and show aspiring young athletes that all the money isn’t

found in cubicles or high-rise towers, Tiger Woods brought in a little more than $90.5 million last year — despite all the controversy surrounding him — or one iPad every 2.9 minutes. What you should take away from this? Every second you have is precious and has cash value to boot. When you look at a new job, or any opportunity, think about the effects that aren’t as obvious — the opportunities lost or deferred — and take those into account.

Finally, while I in no way promote spending every dime you get, start getting in the habit of comparing how much you have to what it buys for you. You might be surprised. Devin Graham is a 21-year-old business management senior from Prairieville. Follow him on Twitter @TDR_dgraham. Contact Devin Graham at dgraham@lsureveille.com

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Miles in a confused, almost awed tone. “Sometimes he looks like a gutsy genius. Sometimes he looks like an idiot. Sometimes he looks like an idiot savant. Sometimes, he just looks incredibly lucky,” wrote Rivals.com blogger Matt Hinton the night of the win. “Miles tried to insist tonight that there was ‘nothing mad’ under his trademark hat, but these are the kinds of nights that should allow him to embrace the ‘Mad Hatter’ persona.” ESPN blogger Bruce Feldman went further. “Maybe the guy is just smarter than everyone else. My God, how much more proof do we need?” Feldman wrote. Whether the commentators are loving or hating Miles, however, one thread is common — the coach defies logic. And University public relations assistant professor Danny Shipka says Miles’ predicament defies the logic of his area of expertise. “He is facing things in a PR realm he shouldn’t be facing,” Shipka said. Shipka has used Miles’ example as a case study for his public relations classes. He said students in those classes are not happy with the coach, even after the Florida game. “I’m a little perplexed as to why there’s so much animosity for a coach who hasn’t lost,” Shipka said. “Things didn’t really change after [the Florida win].” Shipka said Miles hasn’t been a real problem so far for the LSU Athletic Department or the University because his team is winning. “[Being] 6-0 is the perfect panacea,” Shipka said, grinning. Because fans are still attending

games, Shipka argued, the Athletic Department shouldn’t be worried. But Shipka said the department should be thinking about “contingency plans” should the season go south. With tough games coming up against Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas, Shipka said there’s still a risk Miles could become a liability. “If he goes and loses those three games, he’ll be toast,” Shipka warned. “If he loses two, you’ll be seeing a whole lot less of Les.” Shipka said the Athletic Department might benefit from keeping Miles out of the spotlight. “If I was doing PR for Les Miles, I’d keep him out of the open,” he said. “He’s not known for being the most eloquent guy in the world.” Herb Vincent, associate vice chancellor for University Relations and senior associate athletic director, said the Athletic Department isn’t worried by the criticism. Vincent said some fans are judging Miles based on how they expect he will perform instead of how he is performing. “People like to predict the future,” he said. “Why not enjoy the success you’re having now?” When asked about the general perception of his coaching style after the Florida game, Miles responded sharply. “I could give a rat’s ass,” he snapped. “I have only ever given thought to my team, and I am doing those things needed to make my team better.”

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prevent crimes, like leaving a light on. Christine Sparrow, District 10 made into a community report. Wicker said the sessions pro- resident, said she hopes the meeting vide roles that individuals can take is a beginning to the end of what she called madness. on to stop crime. Sparrow said Student Govresidents in her area ernment External experience murAffairs Committee ders, robberies and Chairman David drugs, and would Jones and his comlike to see an inmittee led the youth crease in police paroundtable session. trolling. Jones said his “We need more session was about interaction between youth responsibility Christine Sparrow the community and and leadership to District 10 resident law enforcement,” prevent crime. Sparrow said. The elementary and middle Gregory Patin, head of uniform school children at the youth roundtable said they see crime in the form of patrol for the Baton Rouge Police fighting, drugs and illegal gambling. Department, said residents need to One boy said he sees people in be self aware and report crimes to his neighborhood “shooting stuff in the police. In response to fear of the repertheir arms.” The adults at the session urged cussions of reporting crime, Patin the children to report the crime to said the police have a system that allows people to report crimes anonysomeone they trust. “Apathy is our worst enemy,” mously. Wicker said people from all Jones said. Jones told the children that being proactive meant they had to actively pursue something. Elizabeth Connor, finance sophomore, attended the health and safety session. She said the session focused on what individuals can do to

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page 11 over Baton Rouge and not only District 10 residents were present at the meeting. She said people from all different backgrounds were coming together for the first time to discuss their experiences. Wicker said she was looking forward to reading the community report and putting the ideas into action. Joan Smith, District 10 resident, said she hopes the meeting provides strategies to be used to influence the community. Attendees of the meeting received a “Take Back District 10,” Tshirt, snacks and refreshments. Contact Celeste Ansley at cansley@lsureveille.com

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