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Several injured in Tigerland brawl Reese Perkins Contributing Writer

the old days of logging,” de Hoop said. “These days, much of logging is done by heavy machinery, but we want to keep these traditions alive.” Even though the logging industry has evolved over the years, de Hoop said it’s

At least 50 people were involved in a brawl at Tigerland around 2 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department. BRPD spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said the brawl, which occurred on 1115 Bob Pettit Blvd. near Reggie’s, was the outcome of “a verbal altercation that escalated into a physical altercation.” Though police officials have yet to release information regarding the cause of the brawl, eyewitnesses claim the fighting broke out in front of a Nacho Mama’s food truck. Officers were quick to respond to the brawl and eyewitnesses claim there was a police helicopter surveying the scene of the altercation, which Coppola said is not uncommon in response to large area incidents.

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FIGHT, see page 15

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[Top] Marlee Montgomery, 14, participates in axe throwing Saturday during Louisiana Arbor Day at Barton Arboretum. [Right] Forestry junior Christian Rossi saws a piece of wood during a demonstration Saturday.

William Morris Contributing Writer

Members of the Forestry Club proudly count themselves among students seeking an unusual educational experience, and festivities honoring Louisiana’s state-wide Arbor Day, which occurs at a different time than the

national Arbor Day in April, gave them a chance to show off their special skills. Members of the Forestry Club participated in the celebration by providing demonstrations of traditional logging skills at the Barton Arboretum, an extension of the LSU Rural Life Museum grounds Saturday.

Niels de Hoop, associate professor in the School of Renewable Natural Resources and faculty adviser to the club, said the demonstrations give students an opportunity to convene and showcase the unique talents many forestry students develop. “A lot of these activities of sawing and chopping go back to


Stand Your Ground rally promotes gun rights Deanna Narveson Staff Writer

Within sight of the finish line of Sunday’s Louisiana Marathon, on the steps of the state Capitol, Gun Rights Across America held its second annual Stand Your Ground rally. At every State Capitol in the United States, people gathered to show their support through the grassroots effort to promote the Second Amendment and to take a stand against what they see as the infringements of the right to bear arms. In Louisiana, some sat on the seats of motorcycles and listened, others stood holding signs and others leaned on strollers while holding the hands of

their children. “[The right to bear arms] is a personal fundamental constitutional right for all of us,” said U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La. “But we are all here because we know very well that that right is under assault.” Vitter said the crowd needed to be vigilant and active in taking a stance against the “assault” on the Second Amendment. A member of the crowd shouted in agreement. “The good news is that we had a rally similar to this last year and because of that rally and thousands of others across the country, we beat back one of the biggest assaults on that right in decades,” Vitter said. Vitter did not mention any

specific legislation. He said he supports the protection of the Second Amendment because it allows citizens to protect their other rights. An American flag fluttered in the breeze behind the podium. John Eppinett, a Marine and event attendee, said people should be able to carry handguns openly on the Capitol’s grounds. Instead, a knife hung from Eppinett’s belt, because of the law’s restriction on guns, he said. The event started with a

Read our columnists’ head to head about gun rights, p. 13 GUN RALLY, see page 15

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Supporters of gun rights listen to speakers Sunday at the Gun Rights Across America rally in front of the Louisiana State Capitol building.

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INTERNATIONAL Comet-chasing probe wakes up, sends signal back to European agency BERLIN (AP) — Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet. The European Space Agency received the all-clear message from its Rosetta spacecraft at 7:18 p.m. (1818 GMT; 1:18 p.m. EST) — a message that had to travel some 800 million kilometers (500 million miles). The probe triggered a series of “Hello World!” tweets in different languages. UN withdraws Iran’s invite to attend Syria talks after threatened boycott GENEVA (AP) — A last-minute U.N. invitation for Iran to join this week’s Syria peace talks threw the long-awaited Geneva conference into doubt Monday, forcing U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to rescind his offer after the opposition threatened to boycott. With the invitation withdrawn, the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group said it would attend the talks, which it said should aim to establish a transitional government with full executive powers “in which killers and criminals do not participate.”

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A European space agency scientist stands at an airworthy copy of space probe ‘Rosetta’ Monday in the ESA control center in Darmstadt, Germany.

Plane crash survivors found on remote mountain in Transylvania after search BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Five passengers on a small plane that made a forced landing Monday on a remote mountain in Transylvania were found alive after a massive search, but the pilot and a student later died, authorities said. The plane was transporting medics from Bucharest to western Romania to harvest organs for transplant when it was forced to land at an altitude of 1,400 meters (4,595 feet) because of heavy fog and low visibility, said aviation chief Aleodor Francu.

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Fatalities reported in Omaha plant explosion, rescue efforts halted

Decades-old murder trial planned in Calcasieu Parish despite motion

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha’s fire chief said Monday that people have died in an explosion and partial building collapse at an animal feed processing plant, but he would not give a specific number of deaths. Interim Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said crews have stopped rescue efforts and will start a slower recovery effort to retrieve victims. The International Nutrition plant is unstable, so rescuers must work deliberately to ensure their safety, he said. Silicon Valley offices see electronic vehicle charging station shortages

Gay marriage still faces challenges in red states despite legal wins

LAKE CHARLES (AP) — The trial for 74-year-old William Felix Vail on a second-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, Mary Horton Vail, 50 years ago will be held in Calcasieu Parish. The American Press reports that Judge Robert Wyatt denied this past week a defense motion for a change of venue. Wyatt said he believed unbiased jurors could be found in the parish and that media coverage has not been overly extensive. Prosecutors say Vail allegedly killed his wife in October 1962. He claims she drowned in the Calcasieu River while they were running trotlines.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hours after federal judges struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Utah and Oklahoma, activist Evan Wolfson and his colleagues reached out to gay rights groups in the deeply conservative states with both congratulations and a reminder: Court wins alone won’t be enough. Wolfson knows the perils of judges forcing social changes on a population that isn’t ready for them — he filed the first successful gay marriage lawsuit in the 1990s in Hawaii.

SLIDELL (AP) — Muddy roads will soon give way to asphalt and bare ground transformed with sod and landscaping as construction of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Slidell enters its final stages. | The Times-Picayune reported the $8 million cemetery is scheduled to open in April. The site is on the north side of Interstate 12 next to the Louisiana National Guard’s Camp Villere.

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of “charge rage” among drivers. Installation of charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with demand, creating thorny workplace etiquette issues, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer for German company SAP, says the company’s 16 charging stations are not nearly enough.

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Firefighters stage outside the International Nutrition plant in Omaha, Neb., Monday, where a fire and explosion took place, leaving multiple people dead.

Veterans cemetery nears completion, scheduled to open later this year





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Event advocates more Integration exhibit opens at women in physics field Hill Memorial Library University scientist a featured speaker

Interactive display open until March

LIGO’s spokesperson. “The general philosophy is that we have to create a good climate,” González said. “We do a lot of outreach. We go to high Panya Kroun schools, elementary schools, and Levi Bankston we try to show young energetic Contributing Writer Contributing Writer girls that there are role models A new exhibition opening The University Society of in physics.” Another goal of the confer- today at Hill Memorial Library Physics Students hosted a conference this weekend to promote ence was to increase the num- showcases the historic trail to ranetworking and solidarity be- ber of women who remain in cial integration and the progrestween undergraduate women ma- the field after they obtain their sion of civil rights at the Univerbachelor’s de- sity and in Baton Rouge. joring in physics. The goal of the exhibition is The three- ‘We held this conference grees. The event featured more to reveal the various perspectives year-old South Central Confer- to bring young women than 24 under- of integration and civil rights graduate research at the University, said Jennifer ence for Underin undergraduate presentations, in- Abraham Cramer, director of graduate Women in Physics is physics together and to cluding one from LSU Libraries’ T. Harry Williams held annually show them they’re not the Society of Center for Oral History. The exhibit, “The RelentPhysics Students’ in conjunction alone.’ president Hannah less Pursuit of ‘Equal’: Intewith seven other Gardiner, who grating LSU,” will remain open events around Mette Gaarde helped run the until March 29. It will offer the country. This physics professor event. Gardiner, a firsthand narratives told by conyear, the University drew in students from Arkan- physics senior, said she conducts temporaries of the Civil Rights sas, Mississippi, Texas, Florida research on the nuclear processes Era, such as A.P. Tureaud, a that form stars and studies the New Orleans attorney who was and Illinois. “We held this conference to causes of the Big Bang. The con- a key figure in desegregation, bring young women in under- ference was a breath of fresh air, Cramer said. The exhibition will also disgraduate physics together, and she said. “We had a lot of help from play historical items and docuto show them they’re not alone,” said Mette Gaarde, University the boys,” Gardner said. “But ments from the Louisiana and physics professor and chair of the there’s only one other girl who’s Lower Mississippi Valley Colconference. “These young wom- a senior in my major. It’s really lections at Hill Memorial Lien don’t want to be defined by nice to see that there are other brary. These items include stutheir gender. They think of them- girls who do this too. It’s nice to dent applications, University documents and newspapers from selves as physicists, so that is the know that we’re not alone.” the era. purpose — trying to get these stuThe interactive listening dents together, and trying to get stations will offer dialogue dethem to interact with each other, scribing the 1953 Baton Rouge and with the professional women bus boycott, integration at here.” the University and the strugGaarde said women on avContact Panya Kroun at gle for the equality of civil erage represent less than 24 rights in East Baton Rouge, percent of physics undergraduates in the United States. The conference serves primarily as a place for young women to netJANUARY work with each other and with employers seeking to hire undergraduate interns and future graduate employees. Programs featured at the conference included laboratory tours, career and graduate school panels, networking sessions, a writing workshop and talks by prominent physicists from around the country. 9:30 AM Coffee with Campus Life - LSU Student Union Among the most recognized speakers was Gabriela González, Portraiture: Style and Ornament - LSU Museum of Art a University physics professor 10:00 AM Storytime - Livingston Parish Library who was selected as the American Physics Society’s Woman 12:00 PM Signpost to Freedom - Hill Memorial Library Physicist of the Month. González was recognized for her work with Gregory Agid Quartet - The Maison the Laser Interferometer GravLSU vs. University of Missouri Basketball - PMAC 6:00 PM itational-Wave Observatory, or The Artist's Way Workshop - Bluebonnet Branch-EBR Library LIGO, as both a scientist and a spokesperson. New Orleans Pelicans vs Sacramento Kings - NOLA Arena 7:00 PM Team Trivia - George's Place As a scientist, González is currently trying to detect gravitational waves. Physicists under8:00 PM Todd Waits & The Pigpen - Hi Ho Lounge-LA stand them to exist as ripples in Kirchen - The Blue Moon space-time, as predicted by Ein9:00 PM Bill Po.10.Cee - Banks Street Bar & Grill stein’s theory of relativity, but have yet to detect them. González leads a working For more information on LSU events or to group to improve the diversity of place your own event you can visit physicists in her collaboration, and in the field in general, as




Cramer said. also the first African-American She said law documents and student to live in a University newspapers only reveal part of residence hall. the history of civil rights. The Crump said Baton Rouge entirety of the University’s civil is a racially divided city, and rights history can be revealed as long as Baton Rouge is dithrough these oral histories, vided by Florida Boulevard, Cramer said residents will continue to have “The goal of the exhibit is racial segregation. to reveal the variIf most of ous perspectives,” ‘‘We are all Louisiana the resources and she said. “It can are citizens; we are all businesses supplement the south of Florida Americans, and we Boulevard, Afrecord and add to need to live like that.’ rican-Americans it.” Cramer said would choose not Maxine Crump the goal of the to live north of it, CEO and president, exhibition is to Crump said. Dialogue on Race Louisiana show how far soThe Uniciety has come in civil rights and versity needs to become an enhow far is left to go. vironment that does not foster Maxine Crump, CEO and any kind of race discrimination, president of Dialogue on Race Crump said. Louisiana, said the greatest “LSU needs to become the area of civil rights in need of university of Louisiana,” Crump improvement is how people said. “We are all Louisiana citiperceive racism. zens; we are all Americans, and “Racism is an American con- we need to live like it.” struct that determines five color groups and ranks them, while reserving full rights and privileges for those who are white,” Crump said. Crump was one of the first Contact Levi Bankston at African-American students to attend the University, and she was

EVENTS LSU 2014 MLK & BHM Commemorative Celebration Friday, January 24, 2014 3:00 PM Lod Cook Alumni Center 3838 W. Lakeshore Dr. Baton Rouge, LA Keynote Speaker: Kimberle Crenshaw

MLK Performing Arts Night Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:00 PM, Royal Cotillion Ballroom, LSU Student Union

LSU Libraries Civil Rights Film Series, Tuesday January 21, 2014 Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott Noon - Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall (Film clips and discussion) 6:30 PM - Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall (Full film showing) Full film series details at

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dietzel kicks off campaign Quint Forgey Staff Writer

Paul Dietzel II, a 27-year-old Republican congressional candidate and University alumnus, tried to keep things fresh at his 2014 Campaign Kickoff by playing up his youth and potential for “bold, new ideas.” The rally, which took place Friday at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, featured former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who tried his hardest “to make some noise” for Dietzel at the event. Dietzel, grandson of Paul Dietzel, the first LSU football coach to win a national championship, is running to represent Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District, which includes the city of Baton Rouge. The district’s current representative, Republican Bill Cassidy, plans to run for U.S. senator later this year against Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu. Dietzel stressed the need for candidates like himself, who could connect with younger voters while maintaining their principles.

“Conservatives need more dynamic communicators who can reach out to the next generation of voters,” Dietzel said. When asked about the state of higher education in America, Dietzel again advocated for new ideas from young leaders in government. “Higher education is completely broken in this country,” Dietzel said. “We can’t be controlled by ways of thinking from the past.” Alice Reynolds, liberal arts junior, said she does not believe Dietzel’s age hinders him as a candidate, and instead thinks voters should concentrate on the policies Dietzel is striving for. “What matters is whether or not you can do the job,” Reynolds said. Anna Pikus, computer science sophomore, said it is up to candidates to prove themselves, and she sees Dietzel’s youth as a potential positive for his campaign. “When you’re younger, you have a different outlook on things,” Pikus said. Dietzel also highlighted his business credentials throughout the event, emphasizing his role in

founding, a website that gives political campaigns and non-profit organizations the ability to collect and manage donations. “He has an understanding of what success looks like,” Cain said. Dietzel took aim at President Barack Obama and Congress during his address, accusing them of “waging a war on young Americans” by bankrupting the current generation. When it was time for Cain to take the stage, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO energized the crowd and urged the audience to take their country back. “We need to send Paul Dietzel to Washington,” Cain said, “because it’s time to make some noise.” Following the rally, Cain revealed a few of the reasons he endorsed the candidate. “He has integrity, Christian faith and intellectually, he’s sharp,” Cain said. Contact Quint Forgey at


Driving simulator used for research Communication a focus of the study

Renee Barrow

Contributing Writer

Some students who may think Patrick F. Taylor Hall is made up of typical lecture halls and engineering classrooms may not know about the driving simulator on the second floor. Sherif Ishak, professor and undergraduate coordinator of the University’s civil engineering program, and graduate research assistant Julius Codjoe are working on starting a new research project with the simulator. The new project will examine V2V, or vehicle-to-vehicle, research. “No one has used a simulator for this yet,” Codjoe said. “It isn’t mainstream yet.” Ishak said V2V research looks at how vehicles could exchange information between one another when said vehicles are connected to Wi-Fi. Ishak said V2V communication is different from the large number of traffic and map applications such as Google Maps and Mapquest. Web applications can give an idea of congestion and traffic problems, but not immediate information, he said. V2V communication allows for immediate reporting. Ishak said he is hoping to create an upstream to downstream flow of information to

accomplish that immediate reporting. “For example, if you were on Highland driving toward I-10, you would be able to get information from somebody driving on College,” Ishak said. Codjoe and Ishak both said a device making this possible would display a map to the driver. “Give it a few years time, and they’ll come up with portable devices to plug into your car and make V2V active,” Codjoe said. The new research idea is not currently funded but has been well-received by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Ishak said. The driving simulator was an investment, costing a total of $271,000 in 2010, according to Ishak. The majority of funding, $247,000, came from the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Civil and Environmental Engineering department and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The University funded the remainder. The University has already conducted two research projects about distracted driving and driving in extreme weather conditions using the simulator. The first of the projects studied how texting, phone conversations and conversations with passengers affected a driver’s behavior. “Analysis showed phone conversations were not as distracting compared to driving with tasks,” Codjoe said. “Texting had

significant effects.” Codjoe said the dialing process was the most destructive, causing drivers to diverge from their respective traffic lanes. The second project primarily tested how drivers could perform under hurricane conditions. “We used models of wind force and direction to estimate if and when a driver would no longer be in control of his or her vehicle,” Ishak said. Codjoe said he decided to come to the University for his Ph.D. instead of the University of Florida because of the research opportunities the driving simulator provided. “It is a great tool for interdisciplinary research,” Ishak said. “It can help attract more research funding from the state and federal government.”

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Herman Cain speaks Friday at a rally to support the congressional bid for Paul Dietzel at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel.

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The Tigers begin a four-game stretch against SEC opponents versus Missouri at 6 p.m. tonight in the PMAC.


LSU, Missouri face off MAJOR Tigers’ success rests in battle of the tigers MATCHUP on upcoming games Mike Gegenheimer Sports Writer

Follow @Rome_TDR for analysis and @TDR_sports on Twitter for live game updates. When Missouri comes to Baton Rouge to square off against the LSU men’s basketball team tonight, it’ll find a Tiger squad that has seen more ups and downs this season than any time in recent memory — and it’s only January.

Consistency has been a problem for LSU this season. The Tigers followed up a brutal beat down at the hands of Tennessee with a win on the road against South Carolina, only to lose in overtime to Ole Miss and dole out a crushing win against Vanderbilt the next week. “Something everybody on this team likes to do is win,” said senior forward Shavon Coleman. “We don’t ever have it in our mind that we’re going to lose. We go out and try to BATTLE OF TIGERS, see page 8




MISSOURI TIGERS: Who: LSU (11-5, 2-2 SEC) vs. Mizzou (14-3, 2-2 SEC) When: 6 p.m. tonight Where: PMAC Watch or listen at home: ESPNU, 98.1 FM

JAMES MORAN Sports Columnist If LSU still plans to make good on its preseason goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, it needs to start notching signature wins against quality opponents. And with Missouri visiting the PMAC on Tuesday night, there’s no


SEC rises as dominant conference Lady Tigers lead tough division Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor

After the LSU women’s basketball team picked up a critical win at then-No. 5 Tennessee in its Southeastern Conference opener, the Lady Tigers were upset by Texas A&M in their conference home opener, dimming LSU’s chances of a regular season title in the league. But, after the game, Texas A&M coach Gary Blair reminded everyone that the road through the

SEC this season will be a bumpy one. “If you are going to win this league, you’re probably going to have four losses, more so than any other year,” Blair said. “LSU, Tennessee and Kentucky have all lost their home opener, and those might be the three best teams in the league.” Blair’s comments have only become more accurate as LSU has found itself in one of the toughest conferences in the country. The SEC is currently tied with the Atlantic Coast Conference for most teams in the AP top 25 with six. At the moment, the SEC is led by the teams picked to finish

4th and 7th — A&M and South Carolina — in the SEC preseason media poll in October. Teams such as Tennessee and Georgia, which were picked to finish in the top half of the conference at the start of the season, find themselves far behind their predicted finish. The Lady Tigers’ 3-2 record has them mixed with a group of seven teams at the top of the convoluted conference standings. “It’s extremely competitive. Everybody comes here and you don’t look at anybody’s record prior to that game,” coach Nikki Caldwell said. “You don’t SEC DOMINANCE, see page 7

time like the present. It’ll take far more than a win against Missouri to ensure a trip to the Big Dance, but another home loss to an unranked foe could put LSU in too deep a hole to dig itself out. Recent struggles have caused LSU to backslide after looking like a solid lock for a tournament berth early in the season. The Tigers were knocked off the bubble in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s latest version of Bracket Math. TOUGH TESTS, see page 8


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Alex Box Stadium played host to a number of former Tigers and MLB players Saturday for the 2 Seam Dream Foundation Cancer Awareness Day. The event featured an autograph session, home run derby, silent auction and a softball game.

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Lewis, Tigers look ahead to spring tournaments Winstead and the LSU men’s golf team, Lewis has represented the Tigers on the SEC Academic When LSU junior Myles Honor Roll and earned two varLewis thought about where he sity letters. After appearing in wanted to play collegiate golf, six tournaments in his freshman the search found its answer about campaign, Lewis started 11 tournaments as a sophomore. 80 miles away from home. “The collegiate level of comThe Jesuit High School alumnus claimed three individual petition is substantially greater state championships and helped than prior levels,” Lewis said. lead the Blue Jays to Class 5A “The tournaments we play in are state championships in 2010 and full of talented kids that have the 2011. The Times-Picayune twice potential to make a career out of it if they put the named Lewis in.” New Orleans ‘We need to focus on workThe team Metro Player of getting our games has begun prepathe Year . A l t h o u g h ready to play in those rations for the spring season’s other Southeastern Conference tournaments because of first tournament month at schools attempted their strong fields before next The Prestige at to court Lewis for PGA West in La his services, he getting too excited Calif. Alultimately chose about the locations.’ Quinta, though Lewis and to represent his the team are exhome state’s uniMyles Lewis cited to get back versity. junior golfer to competition, “I decided to all squad memcome to LSU because of the facilities they had to bers know where they must make offer in order to bring my game their biggest strides. “Of course we want to win to the next level,” Lewis said. “Coach [Chuck] Winstead was the SEC and national championa big reason I decided to commit ships, but this year we are trying here as well, and LSU being so to get as much out of practice as close to home was just a bonus possible,” Lewis said. After their season opener in for me.” In two years of service for California, the Tigers will next

Joey Giglio

Contributing Writer

compete in the Querencia Cabo Collegiate in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Lewis and his teammates recognize LSU’s commitment toward resourcing a top-tier golf program, and he believes the team must maintain concentration to properly perform. “We have a very, very talented group of golfers here at LSU and the athletic department, our coaches, and we all know this,” Lewis said. “We need to focus on getting our games ready to play in those tournaments because of their strong fields before getting too excited about the locations.” As the game of golf has brought Lewis west down I-10 to Baton Rouge and beyond, Lewis said his favorite experiences are while traveling with the team. “It’s a great experience and there is never a dull moment with these guys,” Lewis said. “We just have to put in the work needed in order to win these tournaments so the traveling can be that much more fun.”

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Junior golfer Myles Lewis practices his swing Monday at the University Club golf course.

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LSU, SEC represented in Super Bowl XLVIII Tyler Nunez Contributing Writer

The Southeastern Conference will be represented well in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, as both the Broncos and the Seahawks have 12 former SEC players on their rosters. Denver return specialist Trindon Holliday will be the sole former Tiger to see the field in the Super Bowl, as Seattle rookies Spencer Ware and Tharold Simon are on the Seahawks’ injured reserve and physically unable to perform lists, respectively. The University of Tennessee is the most represented team, with

five players between the two rosters, most notably Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. The high number of SEC players in the Super Bowl should come as no surprise, as more than 26 percent of first round draft picks since 2006 played in the conference. And if the 2013 NFL Draft is any indicator, this trend can be expected to continue, as an unprecedented 63 SEC players were selected, more than double the number of any other participating conference. Contact Tyler Nunez at



· Denver Broncos · Kick/punt returner · 1,046 return yards in 2013 along with two returns for touchdown – one of which went for 105 yards · Played at LSU from 2006-09 and amassed six touchdowns while playing for the Tigers



Alabama............... 2 LSU.......................2 Arkansas...............1 Texas A&M............1 Mississippi St....... 1 Auburn..................0 Ole Miss............... 0

5............ Tennessee 3................ Georgia 3................. Florida 2.............. Kentucky 2...............Missouri 0............ Vanderbilt 0...........S. Carolina


DENVER BRONCOS Robert Ayers - Tennessee Champ Bailey - Georgia Britton Colquitt - Tennessee Trindon Holliday - LSU Knowshown Moreno - Kentucky Jacob Tamme - Kentucky Wesley Woodyard - Kentucky

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS James Carpenter - Alabama Chris Clemons - Georgia K.J. Wright - Mississippi St.

AP Poll

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2. Notre Dame


3. Duke


4. Stanford


5. Louisville


6. Maryland


7. North Carolina


8. Oklahoma State


9. Kentucky


10. South Carolina


11. Tennessee


12. Baylor


13. Penn State


14. Arizona State


15. LSU


16. Vanderbilt


17. Texas A&M


18. West Virginia


19. California


20. Iowa State


21. Nebraska


22. Purdue


23. NC State


24. Florida State


25. Gonzaga


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look at the standings or where you’re ranked because it is a different level of competition in this conference.” LSU experienced one of its most difficult stretches over the weekend, traveling to Missouri on Thursday and Vanderbilt on Sunday. The long hours of travel certainly showed when the Lady Tigers fell behind by as much as 20 against Vanderbilt and eventually lost 79-70. Strength of schedule prior to conference play has propped up some SEC teams through difficult conference play. A&M began conference play 5-0 after a non-conference schedule that included Texas, St. John’s and No. 13 Penn State. Meanwhile, after going 13-0 in a nonconference schedule that included just one road game, Arkansas has started 2-4 in the SEC. Blair said the high level of competition has been more than

appreciated by fans in the conference, and their spirit is not something seen everywhere. “When the games are over, people pull for each other. … We had a lot of compliments from the LSU crowd after the game,” Blair said. “And sometimes in the Big 12, it wasn’t quite that way all the time.” Although already playing A&M, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Florida, a gauntlet still awaits LSU. The Lady Tigers still must play road games against A&M and Kentucky as well as home games against Tennessee and South Carolina.

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win everything, but we just have to keep on building and going with it.” One of the leading causes for LSU’s struggles this season is a tendency to turn the ball over with what LSU coach Johnny Jones refers to as “home run plays” instead of just “trying to get on base.” The Tigers rank 10th in the Southeastern Conference with a negative .5 turnover ratio, and with 239 turnovers through 16 games, only South Carolina has lost more possessions than the Tigers. The Gamecocks also have one more game under their belt. Jones said a certain number of turnovers are to be expected with the type of quick system the Tigers run, but 14.9 turnovers per game isn’t what he had in mind. “About 11 or 12 is what I’m comfortable with,” Jones said. “Too many right now and then there was the one game we had 20 something. About 11 or 12, if you’re playing well enough, you can get by with. Especially when you play fast, you’re going to take chances.” Jones could’ve been referring to either Northwestern State or Memphis this season when the Tigers gave up the ball 22 and 24 times, respectively. Both were highs for the season at the time. Missouri won’t bring an imposing defense to the PMAC on Tuesday — at least in regards to turnovers — as Mizzou is second to last in the SEC with a .8 assist-to-turnover ratio and is third to last with a negative 1.6 turnover margin.

Jones expressed concern about Missouri’s length and size coming into the game, knowing it will force LSU junior guard Anthony Hickey — who is ninth in the country and first in the SEC with 3.25 assists for every turnover he registers — and his teammates to give up possession. “I make a turnover here and there, but it’s not always my fault sometimes,” Hickey said. “Since I’ve been here, I kind of know what’s going to happen from experience. If I do make a mistake, I try not to make it again.” Hickey claims nearly a full assist lead on his next closest competitor in the SEC for assistto-turnover ratio, but fortunately for the Tigers, the No. 2 spot also resides in Baton Rouge with senior guard Andre Stringer. “Obviously we’re going to give up some [turnovers],” Stringer said. “But we don’t want that number to be high each and every night. We need that number at least under 10. It can’t be at 15 or something like that. If we can do that on a consistent basis, we can live with those.”

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LSU dropped back-to-back home games against Rhode Island and Tennessee earlier this month. The Tigers then hit the road, barely holding off an awful South Carolina team before losing a heartbreaking game in overtime at Ole Miss. A comfortable win against an outmanned Vanderbilt team on Saturday stopped the bleeding, but it’s not the kind of victory a tournament team would list high on its résumé. Conveniently for LSU coach Johnny Jones, the next stretch of schedule will offer plenty of opportunities to author the kind of wins that look good come Selection Sunday. Sandwiched around a trip to Alabama, LSU will play three of its next four games at home against teams that Lunardi pegged as either solidly in the field or just off the bubble. If LSU can navigate this stretch at 3-1 or better, it would climb up the Southeastern Conference standings and give itself a fighting chance heading into February. That’s what makes beating Missouri so paramount. A loss could quickly spiral into another home losing streak with No. 14 Kentucky and Arkansas coming to town next week. All three teams, Arkansas in particular, are more vulnerable away from home. LSU must start taking advantage of playing key games in the PMAC while it can. The road will only get tougher from here if it lets these opportunities slip away.

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Head basketball coach Johnny Jones speaks to a referee Saturday during the Tigers’ 81-58 victory against Vanderbilt in the PMAC. The Tigers will take on Missouri at 6 p.m. tonight in the PMAC.

“Road” is the operative word in that sentence. Next month, LSU will make return trips to Kentucky, Arkansas and a presumably healthier Vanderbilt as well as paying a visit to No. 6 Florida. It’s unrealistic to expect LSU to break .500 in those five road games, especially if it can’t take care of business at home these next two weeks. Quality wins are much easier to pull off within friendly confines. So if LSU can’t start rattling off wins this week, there’s no reason to think it ever will this season. Considering all the preseason hype that surrounded this team, a tournament-less March would have to be looked at as a disappointment. Jones brought in talent and created excitement, and fair or not, that hype will always be coupled with raised expectations.

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The expectations may have been a bit high for such a young roster, but the lack of progress as the season goes forward is troubling. The offense has been maddeningly inconsistent because it lacks any kind of offensive identity in the half-court. It flashed its capabilities from time to time, but the Tigers’ propensity for offensive dry spells show up in their record. LSU has talent, but talent alone can’t carry a team in March. Only wins can do that. James Moran is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Beacon, N.Y.

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Devin Williams, theatre sophomore, suspends herself on aerial silks Friday in the Music and Dramatic Arts building.

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moves before you can progress,” Gowland said. “The first thing we do is teach you to hold yourself in a ball. Then you learn the eggknot, which is a knot you make with the silks and then flip to sit into.” Advanced techniques include trapeze work, supervised by instructor Elise Duran, and drops, which involve falling from the silks in a series of elaborate, controlled maneuvers. “The hardest one is the triple

For movie fans, the Oscars is one of the most important nights of the year. But for many, it can be hard to keep up with the various film nominees. The Prytania Theatre in New Orleans gives moviegoers another chance to see some of the year’s biggest contenders on the big screen with its annual Academy Awards film series, where the theater plays some of the most talked-about nominees in the weeks leading up to the Oscars ceremony. The film series offers a plethora of the year’s cinema hits, from popular blockbusters like “Captain Philips,” starting Jan. 31, and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starting Feb. 21, to indie darlings like “Her,” now playing, and “The Great Beauty,” starting Jan. 31. Eric Ramstead, general manager of the Prytania, said events like this are important, especially with film and filmmaking becoming a more significant aspect of Louisiana life.

SILKS, see page 11

PRYTANIA, see page 11

Hanging Out Students take to the skies with the Physical Theatre Club

Gowland, co-vice president and theater

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Members of the University’s Physical Theatre Club seamlessly fuse skill and spectacle to tell stories through body language. They incorporate aerial silk work, trapeze art, dance, miming and even stage combat into their routines, according to Caila

senior. “The way the club works is kind of free flowing,” Gowland said. “Physical theater really encompasses a lot of things. You go at your own pace and learn what you want, and the officers help you if you need it.” Founded in 2009 by recent University graduate Ryann Pinkerton, the club itself is motley, too. With more than 60 members, including theater students,

English majors and even biological engineering majors, people of any skill level are invited to join. Beginners are often taught to work with silks, which are ultra-strong fabrics fastened to the ceiling that members use to perform acrobatic moves in midair. Gowland said the silks can hold up to 2,000 pounds, and the officers take every precaution to ensure no one gets hurt. “We have two lists, a beginners list and an advanced list, and you have to perform the beginner


Sublime tribute band to perform at House of Blues Joshua Jackson Entertainment Writer

In a dark venue, as songs such as “What I Got” and “Santeria,” flow from a stage, people might think Sublime is performing right then and there. But what they’re actually hearing is Badfish, a Sublime tribute band that has developed the kind of following usually reserved for mainstream acts. Badfish will be performing at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Friday for the fourth time since the band began touring in 2002. Badfish performed its first show in front of 500 people in the group’s home state of Rhode Island. Thirteen years later, the band is still touring and playing the songs of its favorite band. The four-member group had no idea it would become as

successful as it has. Fans of Sublime would drive all over the state to hear the music they loved so much. After attending the show, many called Badfish the “rebirth” of Sublime. The name of the band is a tribute to Sublime in itself. “Badfish” is a song from Sublime’s 1992 album “40oz. To Freedom.” Badfish went on to sell out countless theaters and clubs in the U.S. The band expands its tour dates every year, but always makes a trip to Louisiana, said Joel Hanks, bass guitarist and original member of Badfish. “We always try to make a stop in either New Orleans or Baton Rouge every year,” Hanks said. “We try to explore and always try to find some great food.” Hanks said New Orleans has a certain appeal, and he loves

performing at the House of Blues under the “amazing lighting.” The band exclusively performs songs from before Sublime’s revival, Sublime with Rome, began making music. Badfish plays the music its band’s members loved to listen to growing up. This is because they want to stay true to the songs that inspired their group, which were performed by Sublime with its lead vocalist, the late Bradley Nowell. “In 1997, everyone I knew was listening to Sublime,” Hanks said. “At every party, Sublime was just everywhere. We just decided that since we liked the music, we should just have fun and play it.” Being a tribute band doesn’t mean Badfish’s career has been easy. Members of the band have BADFISH, see page 11

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Sublime tribute band Badfish will play Friday at the House of Blues in New Orleans.

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‘Created Equal’ film series Interactive dinosaur plans to create discussion show coming to BR Bradley Williams

After applying and getting the grant, the film series was created and is now ready to be viewed. The seTo celebrate the history of civil ries focuses on five different films, rights in the South, the “Created including one that was added by the Equal” film series kicks off on Tues- LSU Libraries. day at the Hill Memorial Library. “The program started with four The series documentary films came from a grant that were supportthe National En- UPCOMING SHOWINGS IN ed by the National dowment for the THE EQUAL FILM SERIES: Endowment for Humanities crethe Humanities, ated to showcase Tuesday, Jan. 21 and they’re all these films, said Film: “Signpost to Freedom” pertaining to civil Paul Hrycaj, an Discussion: Noon, Hill Memorial rights,” Hrycaj instruction and said. “We decided Library Lecture Hall reference librarthat there was a Screening: 6:30 p.m. - Hill Memorial film that was reian with the LSU Library Lecture Hall libraries. lated to civil rights “We saw that that was done lothere was a grant Monday, Jan. 27 cally called ‘Signfor it that the Na- Film: “Slavery by Another Name” post to Freedom,’ tional Endowment Discussion: Noon, Hill Memorial which focuses on for the Humanithe Baton Rouge Library Lecture Hall ties was advertis- Screening: 6:30 p.m. - Barnes & bus boycott, so we ing having to do Noble on LSU’s campus, Second added that to the with civil rights, series.” Floor and knowing that The film sehere in the South ries consists of we’re very much involved with the more than just screening the films. civil rights movement, we decided On the days of the screenings, there it was something we should do,” will be a discussion in the afternoon Hrycaj said. with University professors talking Rob Kitchen

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about the films. “Typically, around noon we’re going to have a discussion on the film,” Hrycaj said. “We’re going to tear down the highlights of the films and display those and use them as the basis for discussion.” In addition to showcasing the films, different locations will screen the films, including screenings on and off campus at places such as Baton Rouge Community College, Southern University, the West Baton Rouge Museum, the Hill Memorial Library and other buildings around campus. The film series will end with a general discussion about the films at the Shiloh Baptist Church. “We’re looking forward to that as a capstone event with the series,” Hrycaj said. The “Created Equal” film series begins tonight with the discussion and screening of “Signpost to Freedom.” For information regarding times and dates for future screenings, visit the LSU Libraries website at Contact Rob Kitchen at

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Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live is invading the Manship Theatre on Jan 21., bringing to life the prehistoric creatures that once roamed the earth. Through the performance, people can go back in time and meet prehistoric creatures, such as baby dinosaurs, huge carnivores and herbivores that have been extinct for 65 million years. “[It’s] an hour of entertainment and education that is focused on dinosaurs, and it involves several interactions within the show … Dinosaurs are extremely lifelike and mesmerizing,” said Catherine Major, marketing and publicity head of Erth. Children will be able to care for the dinosaurs while learning about the animals and how they lived. Families can learn how to feed and interact with the dinosaurs through this experience. People can get up close and personal with the creatures. The exhibit will give people the opportunity to see the science of paleontology, which is the study of prehistoric life. Children can see a day in the life of paleontologists through this exhibit. The idea for the show comes

from work that Scott Wright, the exhibit’s artistic director, has done at museums around the world. Erth is a visual and physical theater company from Sydney, Australia. Erth is known for its shows and works, which are made to be as realistic to the period as possible. The show includes many creatures from the prehistoric time period, such as the baby Dryosaurus. The Erth team has traveled worldwide with its performances, and now Dinosaurs Zoo Live will be making a stop in Baton Rouge, which will offer people a chance to experience the lives of dinosaurs first-hand. The show has also been specialized for the U.S. by including a triceratops that Major says is huge, yet extremely peaceful. “I hope all kids will be really interested in dinosaurs and earth history and learning about the earth today,” Major said. Erth Dinosaur Zoo Live will be at the Manship Theatre on Jan. 21. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

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PRYTANIA, from page 9

“There are so many film fanatics in Louisiana,” Ramstead said. “They appreciate the stuff that we do, so it’s important to get it out there.” Ramstead said the Oscars are a huge event, and that it is important to their fans that they commemorate it. “It’s like the Super Bowl for movies,” Ramstead said. “A lot of our customers don’t want to go to the multiplexes, and some of these films don’t get a good run, so we try to pick up as many of the nominees as we can in the weeks leading up to the awards.” The theater strives to cater to film buffs and offer experiences viewers can’t get anywhere else.

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Kelsey Bopp, environmental engineering senior, hangs upside down Friday in the Music and Dramatic Arts building.

SILKS, from page 9

star drop,” Gowland said. “You flip three times sideways and two times downward. It’s crazy.” More experienced members of the club perform in the Physical Theatre Showcase, an hourlong event held at least once every semester. Mark Gibson, Gowland’s covice president, said he incorporates stilt-walking, juggling and even parkour into the routines he performs at the showcase. “I’m a fire-breather too,” Gibson said, though he admitted he could not perform his craft without a permit. The routines featured in the showcase are organized by the club’s officers, led by president Matthew Reed. “It lets us take something from scratch and create a new work,” Reed said. “The routines are usually three to five minutes long, and

BADFISH, from page 9

come and gone over the last 13 years. Hanks said his experience with Badfish has been hands on. “I’m actively involved in all parts of the business,” he said. “I do a lot with the agents and booking the tour dates. We rotate songs, but sometimes we don’t even use setlists. There’s a lot to do when running a business, and that’s partially what Badfish is.” Badfish has met the original members of Sublime on multiple occasions. The band has had a close relationship with former Sublime drummer Bud Gough. Badfish has even played shows with Sublime, which Hanks said is “an amazing experience.” The approval from former Sublime members continues to motivate Badfish while on tour. “One of the original members is a good friend of ours,” Hanks said. “When Sublime first

you pay what you can for tickets.” The club’s current financial goal is to raise $8,000 so they can hang silks in the Shaver Theatre. The showcase premiered two years ago, and the club has worked to improve it every semester since. “It’s crazy the amount of people who are finding out about it,” Gowland said. She attributes the club’s growing membership to the success of the showcase. She may be right, but Gibson’s explanation is a little simpler. “It’s so much fun.” The Physical Theatre Club meets in room 160 of the Music and Dramatic Arts building every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Contact Panya Kroun at reformed as Sublime with Rome we got to meet them. We’ve even met Bradley Norwell’s wife and son.” Badfish has replicated Sublime’s sound, but not the band’s mannerisms. The band doesn’t try to become Sublime when they put on a show. Badfish attempts to carry on the memory of Sublime through its tours while maintaining an individual identity. Badfish will be performing on Jan. 23 at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $18 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at the House of Blues box office or at

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page 11 Ramstead said they try to get films that have not yet played at the Prytania, and they have more success with rarely seen films like ”Nebraska,” starting Feb. 14, than movies like “12 Years a Slave,” which had a successful run at the theater earlier in the year. The series also offers viewers the chance to see all of the Oscar nominated short films in one place, something many may not get the chance to do elsewhere In addition to the Academy Awards series, the theater is also offering a Best Picture series, where customers can see some past winners of the Best Picture award, including “The Godfather,” “Casablanca” and “Annie Hall.” “We’re trying to encompass

all aspects of the awards ceremony,” Ramstead said. The series culminates in an Oscar-watching party hosted by the New Orleans Film Society. The event offers attendees the opportunity to see the red carpet on the silver screen. The night includes a mock red carpet, popcorn, hor d’oeuvres and film trivia complete with prizes. Check to see movie times or to buy tickets online.

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WEB COMMENTS In response to Ryan McGehee’s column, “Opinion: President Obama exceeding his constitutional powers,” readers had this to say: Being completely honest, and not to agree or disagree with what you’re saying, but this sounds like something I’d see on the Hannity show or some other show on Fox News, using that last term very lightly of course. – Misanthropist

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Let Them Smoke Proposed tobacco ban unnecessary, unfair


SIDNEYROSE REYNEN Columnist Tomorrow, the University’s Student Government will meet to decide whether everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure should be allowed on campus. No, I’m not talking about binge-watching Netflix and eating ice cream from the carton, I’m talking about tobacco use. The state passed a law that requires public post-secondary education institutions to develop smoke-free policies for its campuses by August of this year. SG has taken this one step further, gauging the interests of the LSU community in making the ban apply to all tobacco products. I’m not a smoker, but I’m also not opposed to others smoking around me. Even if I was, I would realize that when attending a school with 30,000 students, my personal opinion of smoking would be irrelevant. The nation has reached an all-time low in the number of incoming college freshmen who are smokers, according to a survey of American freshman by the Higher Education Research Institute — down from a spike of 12.7 percent in 1998 to 2.6 percent in 2012. So at this point, the ruling theoretically affects a small portion of University’s students. Arguments against tobacco often focus on the negative effect it has on the user. Proponents of this line of reasoning occupy LSU’s campus and believe that enacting this ban would be a move to better the health of students. These advocates should also push for the removal of McDonald’s, Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A. One in 10 American adults suffer from Type 2 diabetes and three in 10 college students suffers from obesity, with the vast majority not eating enough fruit or vegetable servings a day. I’m not here to debate the affect that tobacco has on the human body — that’s not my job. However, there are several other things on LSU’s campus that present major risks to overall student health. Take for instance the hit and run that occurred on Dalrymple Drive last semester. Should we ban driving on campus? You probably immediately answered a resounding “no” to that because you’d realize how inconvenient that would be for both students and faculty members. Second-hand smoke affects

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Student Government is seeking student input in whether to ban all tobacco on campus. In SG’s poll, approximately 60 percent of students voted not in favor of the ban.

non-smokers’ health, but doesn’t my driving affect other students’ health in a more lethal way? Wouldn’t the ubiquitous ashtrays attached to trash cans on campus just taunt the smokers who would then have no use for them anymore? Or should we waste money filling the ashtrays in with cement or potting plants in them? The tobacco ban would be useless. There’s no way to police smokers or dippers on campus. Even if there was, it would be an obvious waste of the LSU Police Department’s time and resources. This would lead to what I think is the most annoying implication of the tobacco ban — peer enforcement. In a nutshell, this means that pesky students who are personally offended at others’ dipping or smoking will attempt to enforce the ban by themselves — or, what these people already do to smokers and dippers on campus. People’s personal preferences for what they find annoying should not influence the law. If this was the case, I’d lobby to ban kids in tie-dye shirts skateboarding through the Quad. Effectively enforcing the tobacco ban is nearly impossible. It is also a baseless move to make LSU’s campus fit in with the 1,182 other American universities that have gone entirely smoke-free. It’s like

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an after-school special, with LSU submitting to peer pressure. Upon researching this issue, I stumbled upon the term “nonsmoker’s rights” for the very first time. Is there something about smokers and dippers that make them unworthy of their own rights? Everyone has their faults that are bothersome to others, but why should we be punished for them? I could annoyingly click my pen throughout the entirety of my spring semester courses. The liberty I have to do that shouldn’t be infringed upon because of others’ disdain for it. SidneyRose Reynen is an 18-year-old film and art history freshman from New Orleans.

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HEAD to HEAD Should gun rights be more restrictive? Yes. We should discuss rights, not abundance of guns. No. The 2nd Amendment protects gun ownership. SHUT UP, MEG MEGAN DUNBAR Opinion Editor This weekend, a handful of protestors gathered on the State Capitol steps to oppose stricter gun laws in Louisiana and the U.S. As if that’s what Baton Rouge should focus on right now, while homelessness, poverty and education remain larger issues than the government supposedly taking over our Second Amendment rights this week. There’s also misguided thinking behind protesting against stronger legislation, despite the fact that larger issues exist. The argument that seems to stick around is that the belief that good guys with guns stop the bad ones, and I’d like to address that first. If you’re marching around claiming the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with one, there’s some internalized, cracked-out, Code of Hammurabi living going on in your head. An eye for an eye was never proper punishment, and acknowledging that involves a deeper look at the true criminality and ideas of justice. Also, what kind of good guy just happens to carry around a semi-automatic rifle in a non-war zone? Keep in mind this is a weapon engineered to kill as many people as possible without needing to reload. The basic point people seem to miss is that it’s not fascist to require people to carry out their lives in some kind of safe manner. The line between safety and government control of an entire people is blurry to some, but that doesn’t mean Louisiana should issue lifetime concealed carry permits and repeal state regulations on semi-automatic rifles. But that’s just what the state has done since the Newtown shootings. In fact, state legislation around the country has loosened on gun regulation, and that’s more than a little concerning. However, this is not an unstoppable movement. As evidenced by Sunday’s rally, it’s a handful of angry men looking to stymie another British attempt at reclaiming colonies or something. If government takeover through legal or illegal means is their main worry, the thought that a couple of men armed with their precious semi-automatic rifles hidden behind their bookcases could do anything about it is ridiculous. If it’s a robber taking their new plasma television, anything besides an intimidating-looking shotgun is overkill. And for personal defense, handguns are acceptable. I’ve never heard of a woman pulling out a semi-automatic rifle in a back alleyway to scare off a potential attacker. I’m sure it would be effective as a scare tactic, but it’s also impractical. The idea is to keep an attacker away from oneself in the first place, which isn’t

something gun legislation can help. It’s time for everyone to accept that semi-automatic weapons and lifelong concealed carry permits are too much to allow. We need to have truthful conversations about what kind of restrictions make sense instead of getting fired up about minute-tominute issues and flashpoint rallies. I’m sure there’s some middle ground between those who are afraid of guns and those with a militia-worthy arsenal in their garages. Maybe we could start with community shooting range days to increase awareness of gun safety. Alongside that, we could set up teams to evaluate what aspects of guns are necessary for self-defense versus total government dominance. Whatever happens, greater conversation is our biggest strength. As soon as we put aside fundamental differences and realize others hold viewpoints as justified as our own, we can begin to have fact-based discussions. And maybe then standing our ground won’t be the most important thing. Maybe we can concede a little bit of it. Megan Dunbar is a 20-year-old English senior from Greenville, SC.

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RYAN MCGEHEE Columnist There are never as many high-profile protests in Baton Rouge as there are in other major U.S. cities. Even during the height of the Occupy movement, the Baton Rouge attempt was never more than the butt of many jokes. People here just don’t seem to get angry enough to go out and protest. That is, until you threaten their gun rights. On Sunday, that’s just what happened. The gun advocacy groups Gun Rights Across America and Guns Across America 2 held a pro-gun rally on the steps of the state Capitol in downtown Baton Rouge. While the crowd appeared to not have been more than 60 people, they did seem, however, to be fully committed to the cause of promoting gun rights, which I applaud. The right to keep and bear arms should not be restricted or made more difficult to exercise by either the federal government or by any state. The text of the Second Amendment clearly states those rights “shall not be infringed.” Opponents of gun rights rant and rave about the murder rate in this country, but it is shown time and again that when lawabiding citizens are well-armed, innocent lives are saved.

In no circumstance does a criminal walk up to a convenience store, see a “no guns allowed” sign, and change his mind about robbing it. The only thing that would prevent it is either the immediate proximity of a police officer, or a well-armed store clerk. There are also those who argue that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect the rights of hunters. Nowhere in the text of the Second Amendment does it once mention “hunting.” The true purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect people from tyrannical governments. Yes, you read that correctly. Should the time ever come that the natural rights and God-given liberties protected by the Bill of Rights come under assault by a state or the federal government, the people have the right to form “well regulated militias” and take arms against said government. Which brings me to my final point about semi-automatic rifles, or as the media has inaccurately dubbed them, “assault rifles.” Demonized because of a handful of mass shootings, semi-automatic rifles are small to medium caliber firearms that can fire one bullet per trigger pull. They most certainly are not machine guns, which are only attainable by citizens after receiving a Class 3 permit from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. There have been many calls by Democratic lawmakers, such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, in the wake of the mass shootings of the past two years to further restrict the sale and ownership of these rifles. What these rifles do is give private citizens comparable capability with current military and other federal hardware. They are what make the Second Amendment effective. Some, however, claim that the Founders could have never foreseen these weapons, and that by “arms,” they meant muskets. I hate to break it to you, but one of the first semi-automatic weapons, the puckle gun, was invented in 1718, a full 71 years before the Bill of Rights was written in 1789. If the Department of Homeland Security gets to purchase 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, I should be able to go out and buy a semi-automatic rifle. The next time you see a Patriot or progun rally, don’t summarily dismiss it as a bunch of “gun nuts.” These are the people fighting for your right to defend your other rights. Ryan McGehee is a 21-year-old political science, history and international studies senior from Zachary.

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Keith Edwards holds a sign Sunday at the Gun Rights Across America rally in front of the Louisiana state capitol building.

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@ (225) 344-6775 or apply in person to Baranco-Clark YMCA, 1735 Thomas Delpit Dr., Baton Rouge, LA. ________________________

Behavioral Intervention Group is looking for energetic people to provide Applied Behavior Analysis therapy to children who have been diagnosed with autism and/or other developmental disabilities. Benefits, flexible hours, and a fun working environment. Experience with children preferred. Email resume to ________________________ College Student needed to pick up my son from school at 3:00 PM Monday through Friday at Brighton High School in Baton Rouge. Cash paid weekly. You will need to be reliable and have a valid driver’s license. Call for details at 225454-4923. ________________________ Students needed to work with children/ adults with disabilities. Several shifts available. Great job for Psych, Kinesiology, and COMD majors. Apply: St. John the Baptist Human Services, 622 Shadows Ln, Suite A, 225.216.1199 ________________________ MATH TUTORS NEEDED Mathnasium is looking for part-time tutors who have outstanding skill with math through the high-school level. We pay $12/ hour after training and offer a great work environment at both area locations. Call 744-0005 or email for more info. ________________________

Part-Time Preschool Soccer Coach Work around your class schedule! 225-304-6434 ________________________ Looking for help in a law office. Experienced full time assistant needed. Student worker full or part time also needed. Please reply with resume. If applying for student position please include the hours you can work. Office address 13862 Perkins Road. Reply to ________________________ Vet asst. needed-hosp. in Mid City 15 min. from LSU. Acadian Oaks Pet Clinic ________________________ GEORGES SOUTHSIDE 8905 HIGHLAND ROAD /BARTENDER-SERVER NEEDED/MUST HAVE BARTENDERS LICENCE/APPLY WITH-IN 11AM TO 2PM DAILY ________________________

Fashion-Minded Sales Associate: Swap Boutique, Designer Consignment, is opening our newest location in Baton Rouge! Great opportunity for those interested in management and fashion merchandising. Full or part time. Duties include : selecting and pricing merchandise, servicing customers, meeting sales goals, and maintaining inventory. Email Resume: ________________________ Looking for an after school nanny for our two boys ages 11 and 14. Hours: 3:30 6:30 M-F (in BR).Must love dogs (and cat). If interested please call 225-772-6622 ________________________ Veterinary Assistant/Technician needed. Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists. Full/ part-time. Please fax resume to 225-6365768 or email: thadley@brvetspecialists. com ________________________ Welsh’s Drycleaners (Perkins and college location) Part time afternoon counter clerk needed!! Great for students!! Flexible schedules. Apply in Person. 225-928-5067 ________________________ Part Time Sales Associate needed at Bowie Outfitters. Apply in person only at 8630 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA. No phone calls please. ________________________

STUDENT GRAPHIC ARTIST NEEDED PART TIME! Tiger People Clothiers is looking for a graphic artist for Part Time work starting February 3rd. Knowledge of Indesign, Photoshop, etc.. are all required. Email resume to sales@tiger-people. com. ________________________

PROGRAMS & YOUTH SPORTS COORDINATOR- P/T Coordinate, organize, and supervise youth sports leagues and other youth programs such as after school extended day, holiday and summer camps. This position will have supervision of sports practices, games, afterschool care sites, and camp programming. Previous experience with youth sports and childcare is preferred as well as computer skills in Microsoft Excel. Parttime 25-29 hrs/wk. Current CRP/First Aid Certification or ability to be certified by the Y within first 30days of employment. Must pass B/G check and drug screen. Contact Eddrick Martin

Now hiring Part time sales clerk at Office Furniture World.M-F $10.00 Send resume to or fax 751-4952 nocalls or walk ins please ________________________ $15/hr Looking for reliable & dependable Reveille Distribution Assistant w/ “newspaper delivery.” 2 positions available. ________________________ EXTENDED DAY COUNSELOR Dependable and dedicated and must be able to work M-F, hours of 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Experience working with youth programs. Part-time 15-20 hrs/wk. Current CRP/First Aid Certification or ability to be certified by the Y within first 30days of employment. Must pass B/G check and drug screen. Contact Eddrick Martin @ (225) 344-6775 or apply in person to Baranco-Clark YMCA, 1735 Thomas Delpit Dr., Baton Rouge, LA. ________________________ PERSONAL ASST. TO BATON ROUGE BUSINESS EXEC. RUN ERRANDS, DOMESTIC CHORES, MINOR FINANCE, ETC. COMMON SENSE A MUST PLEASE! $10/HR 10/15HRS PER WK. 225-448-0505 ________________________ New Year, New Fun Job! Great Starting Pay! Flexible Schedules, Scholarships and Internships available. Customer sales/service. Full training provided. All ages 17+ Apply Today! 225-803-8982 ________________________ HIRING STUDENTS! *$16 STARTING PAY* Customer sales/ service. PT/FT available with very FLEXIBLE schedules. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, will train- gain VALUABLE experience for your resume! Apply ASAP for best chances! 225-921-9673 ________________________ Vet Assistant Needed Weekend and night positions available. Exp. helpful but not a must. We can train the right person. Great for Pre-Vet Students Apply in person. M-F/ 9a-4p. 1514 Cottondale, B. R.,70815 225.927.994 ________________________

Local market research firm seeks several students for part-time face-to-face survey data collection this semester. Mostly weekends. Pay $20/hour. Can’t be shy. Must be able to approach people in public and conduct a survey or recruit for focus

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groups. If interested, email info@ You can also visit our website at for more information about our firm. ________________________ The License Coach Coaching Staff Support Team Member This position deals directly with customers by telephone and email. Responsibilities include responding promptly to customer inquiries, handle and resolve complaints, obtain and evaluate all relevant information to handle inquiries / complaints, perform customer verifications, process orders / applications / requests, direct unresolved issues to designated resource. Outbound calls to customers currently preparing for exams, providing educational guidance based upon our predesigned systems and the customers strengths and weaknesses. This position would report directly to the Sr. Director of Educational Services and interact with a variety of Fortune 500 companies. We offer a chic high tech work environment in Allen, providing a flexible schedule to accommodate your course studies. Must be able to navigate a Mac computer and be PC proficient. Be able to work independently with minimal supervision. ________________________

JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE *Front / Cashier *Crew Members *Drivers8873 Highland Rd. 70808 (225)763-9797 ________________________

and file night audit reports on the various areas of the hotel to provide accurate, timely information in accordance with cash handling, credit card processing and accounting policies and procedures. BARTENDER will be responsible for delivering excellent guest experience in our bar area by missing drinks for both guests and servers. Other responsibilities include the complete set up and break down of the bar area. HOUSEKEEPING staff are expected to exceed our guest’s expectations by maintaining the highest standard of cleanliness of the guest rooms. Clean and prepare guest rooms and public areas by meeting our established standards. LAUNDRY ATTENDANT & DRIVER process the hotel’s laundry by folding, stacking and storing linen in compliance with hotel standards. Class D driver’s license is needed for driver applicants. If you want to join our dynamic team you will enjoy competitive salary, benefits, paid time off and a 401 (k) plan e-mail your résumé to Flexible hours, weekends and nights are required. ________________________


PART-TIME NUDE MODEL needed for MW 830-1130 life drawing class, spring semester. Pay $12/hr. Full-time students in good academic standing only. Send LSU ID to to apply. ________________________

Part-time sales/cashier needed. Candidate must be willing to work Saturdays, work multiple locations when necessary, morning and afternoon shifts available. Must be personable, outgoing, with strong communication skills. Please send resume to ________________________

Our hotel sets the standard in business travel, day after day. We are looking for energetic individuals who are passionate about customer service to join our team. We are seeking out dedicated individuals for the following positions: FRONT DESK AGENT must exceed our guest’s expectations and ensure revenue optimization through check in/out while assuring to the attentive coordination of hotel services for our guests. NIGHT AUDITOR perform the duties of a Front Desk Agent and complete, balance

2 ROOMMATES NEEDED: 4/2 House/ Garage EXTREMELY NICE Close to LSU. $600 month/$250 Deposit. No pets. Utilities pd. Call 225-270-6034 ________________________ 3BR/2BA Townhouse - LSU Bus Route - Fenced Yard -; 225-715-6795 ________________________ Now, Accepting Deposits for Summer/Fall Move Ins Lake Beau Pre Townhomes, Arlington Trace & Summer Grove Condos 2 & 3 Bedrooms Available Dean & Company Real Estate 225-767-2227 ________________________ 2/1 duplex next to LSU,Wyoming street, pets OK, wood floors,$595 McDaniel Properties owner/agent 388-9858/ ________________________ 1930”s VINTAGE COTTAGE/ 5 blks to LSU/ new renovation/ 10 foot ceilings/ wsh/dryer/ all new appliances/ locked bike storage rm/ prvt. yard/ nice neighborhood/ $850/month Ph. 225.955.1757

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 ________________________ ACCEPTING DEPOSITS FOR SUMMER & FALL MOVE INS! Lake Beau Pre Townhomes, Arlington Trace & Summer Grove Condos 2 & 3 Bedroom Floorplans Available All Appliances Included Clubhouse with Work Out Room & Pool ________________________ 7061 Perkins Pl. Ct. 2BR 1.5B. $650mo. 12 Mos. unfurnished. 225.767.6375 for application ________________________ 3/1 next to LSU, fenced yard, wood floors, pets ok, w/d conn. 857 Geranium. McDaniel Properties owner/agent 388-9858 ________________________

Upscale Brightside Manor 2 BR 1.5 bath TH in 4plex. Redecorated & updated and Owner managed. brightsidemanor4plexes. com $800 !NO DEPOSIT! Call 772-2429 or 767-3936 now ________________________ Blox at Brightside. 2 bedroom/1bathroom furnished apartment for rent. Includes water, wifi, cable, pool and fitness room. Asking $850 and will accept a short term lease. ________________________ LSU/Tigerland 1 & 2 Bedroom, flat and townhouse, gated community, pool and wood floors. $485-685/mo call 225-6158521 ________________________ 348 W Parker, 2 and 3 bedroom duplex, washer and dryer,courtyard and pets OK some utilities included. Between Burbank and LSU south gate. $950-1200 call 225615-8521 or 225-892-8517

Twin size memory foam mattress w/ pillow for $249.99 at Olinde’s Mattress Superstore near LSU!

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ARBOR DAY, from page 1

important for students passing through the program to stay in touch with forestry’s roots. “For the students, this is primarily a fun activity, but it is also important because skills like these bring together those of us in this profession,” de Hoop said. “Our students can travel to any school with a forestry program and they do the same things we do here. It gives us a common base.” Hayden Carter, forest management sophomore, said being a part of the forestry program has allowed him to pursue an education in a field where he has a real passion. “I grew up in a family where we were always out in the woods

GUN RALLY, from page 1 group prayer and the singing of the national anthem by TV and radio host Johnny Rowland. Seven people then stepped up to the podium to speak about the Second Amendment, including Vitter, host of “Freedom Forum” Tom Parker and Senate Candidate Col. Rob Maness. Alex Velasquez, a gun rights activist who immigrated to the U.S. in 1976, told the attendees to embrace their families, to prepare for anything and to be bold in their actions and prayers. Between speakers, Rowland sang country music songs that contained anti-big government and pro-gun rights lyrics. Maness, who is endorsed by the lobbying organization Gun Owners of America, said the Second Amendment is the insurance policy for freedom, and if elected to the senate, he would say no to any government initiative for stricter gun control. “We’re pro-liberty, proprosperity, pro-certainty and

chopping stuff down,” Carter said. “So having a major where I can saw and chop and work with my hands, it is just a great experience.” While the Forestry Club is primarily comprised of forest management majors, there are students who joined to find an outlet for their love of the outdoors. Virginia Spencer, renewable natural resources sophomore, said she didn’t grow up learning forestry skills, but heard about the club and joined because she loves the outdoors. “When I joined, I did not expect to be cutting logs and throwing axes, but the whole thing has been a blast,” Spencer said. “I love being outside, so really this was just a perfect fit for me.”

we’re pro-Constitution of the United States,” Maness said. “This Constitution is worth our sacrifice.” Keith Edwards, an event attendee, held a sign with Webster’s definition of fascism printed on it. “I believe that the federal administration has overstepped its bounds,” Edwards said. “In 2009, I carried [a sign] that had the definition of communist but I think over the last four years that has changed.” Denham Springs resident Rylan Grimmer, who openly carries a handgun, said he wished there had been more emphasis on responsible gun ownership and training at the rally. “My weapon is for protection and for helping people,” Grimmer said. “I’m an average citizen who is prepared to help another citizen.”

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page 15 Spencer said the club provides an opportunity for students who want to expand their University experience beyond a classroom. “I don’t think enough people really appreciate the outdoors,” Spencer said. “It seems that nobody wants to be outside anymore. They are always distracted by phones or TV. They’re too busy to enjoy the world around us. The club is just a way for us to be outside and do what we love.”

FIGHT, from page 1

Of those involved, several were injured, said BRPD spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely. The extent of the injuries is unclear, though some of those involved required medical attention later that night. One witness, who said he was attacked randomly during the brawl and suffered a fractured nose and required stitches in his mouth, claimed in a Twitter conversation that many of the people involved in the altercation were not University students. At this time, no arrests have been made and there are currently no suspects, Coppola said.

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