OPINION: Diets can be harmful rather than helpful, p. 12
BASKETBALL: Freshman forward struggles early in season, p. 5
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Faculty Senate, SG discuss ban
SG opposes any ban on tobacco products
James Richards and Jacquelyn Masse Staff Writer and Contributing Writer
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Controversial preacher Brother Jed made his first on-campus appearance of the semester Tuesday. Students often cite Brother Jed as an example of religious intolerance, but a recent study shows acceptance of different faiths is better in the U.S. than in other countries. See what local religious voices had to say about the trend on p. 3.
The University made signiﬁcant steps forward in discussions over the soon-to-be implemented smoke-free policy on campus, with the Faculty Senate discussing logistics of the state-mandated policy and Student Government opposing any policy that would ban all forms of tobacco. The smoke-free campus requirement stems from Act No. 211, signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal in July 2013. The legislation requires public post secondary education institutions to develop smoke-free policies for its campuses beginning Aug. 1. At Wednesday’s Faculty Senate meeting, Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Enrollment Kurt Keppler said the University will not look to enforce the proposed smoking ban with the LSU Police Department. Instead, the SMOKING, see page 15
Dietzel hopes to add to legacy Quint Forgey Staff Writer
Things are looking up for 27-year-old congressional candidate Paul Dietzel II, who raised $200,000 in campaign donations in 2013 and recently made his ﬁrst national media appearance Tuesday on the Fox Business network. If elected, the University alumnus could become the youngest current member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Dietzel’s competition for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District seat includes Republican Dan Claitor, Republican Cassie Felder, Republican Ryan Heck and Democrat Richard Lieberman. Also running is University political science Ph.D.
candidate Norman Clark. According to University political science professor James Garand, Dietzel has one distinct advantage over his opponents. “A person with the name recognition of Paul Dietzel gives people a basis to remember him,” Garand said. “That name is worth its weight in gold.” For Louisianians, the name Paul Dietzel carries considerably more weight than it does for residents of other states. Paul Dietzel, the candidate’s grandfather and namesake, led the University’s football team to its ﬁrst national championship in 1959. The University is signiﬁcant to Dietzel in other ways, teaching him skills he said he plans to use in
Washington, should he be elected. “One of the things I took away from my experiences was that you really have to go out of your way to make sure you can work with everybody,” Dietzel said of his time spent as president of the University’s College Republicans organization. After graduation, Dietzel moved to Los Angeles to pursue ﬁlm ﬁnancing. While there, he received an MBA and a master’s degree in public policy from Pepperdine University and met a few ﬁlm stars in California. Dietzel credits Gary Sinise for leading him to start his software company. DIETZEL, see page 15
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Paul Dietzel stands in front of his campaign headquarters Tuesday in Baton Rouge. Dietzel is running for Congress in Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District.
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INTERNATIONAL Couture collection from Ellie Saab hits the runway for fashion week PARIS (AP) — Elie Saab used the delicate colors of turn-of-thecentury painter Lawrence AlmaTadema as a starting point of his show at Paris Fashion Week. It pushed the Lebanese designer, who’s better known for traditional red carpet traffic-stoppers, to produce an unusually subtle show. There were, of course, the predictable bread-and-butter cinched silhouettes. Impressive crinolines appeared on several looks, all with the traditional couture embellishments.
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A model wears an Elie Saab creation Wednesday during his Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture fashion collection presentation in Paris.
Israel says it foiled al-Qaida bomb plot on US Embassy in Tel Aviv
Argentine President Fernandez ends public silence with television address
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an “advanced” al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terror network’s leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel. The Shin Bet intelligence agency said it had arrested three Palestinians who allegedly plotted bombings, shootings, kidnappings and other attacks.
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez spoke publicly for the first time in 42 days on Wednesday, ending a long silence that had led to speculation about her health following head surgery. In a nationally televised address, Fernandez announced the creation of a program to aid young, unemployed Argentines who attend public school with an $80 subsidy. She also criticized those who speculated about her fate during her absence.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Conflicting views of Purdue University shooting suspect come to light
Musicians kick off campaign to boost literacy and break world record
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Purdue University engineering student who police say fatally shot another student in a basement classroom prepared to face a judge as those who knew both men struggled to make sense of the violence Wednesday. Cody Cousins, 23, was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday afternoon in a small courtroom at the Tippecanoe County Jail, Deputy Prosecutor Kristen McVey said in a statement.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — “Treme” actor and musician Wendell Pierce read a children’s book to more than 500 New Orleans elementary school students Wednesday in an effort to break the world record for largest reading lesson. The current Guinness world record in the category is 441 participants. The kickoff will also be part concert. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and drummer Shannon Powell are among those to help launch the city’s “Turn the Page” campaign on Wednesday.
Ex-Cowboy Josh Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter DALLAS (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown. He faces up to 20 years in prison for a December 2012 wreck after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players, and he could also get probation. Jurors took about nine hours over two days to convict Brent, who was led from the courtroom in handcuffs as family members in the gallery sobbed.
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EMS personnel speak with Cody Cousins, 23, who was detained Tuesday after a shooting inside the Electrical Engineering building on the campus of Purdue.
TSA considers phone policy change after shooting at LA airport
Lawyers of former BP engineer seek dismissal of judge from case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration is considering a policy change that would allow screeners to carry cellphones so they can quickly call for help in an emergency. The proposal is part of an ongoing review of the response to a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport that left a TSA officer dead. The suspected gunman, Paul Ciancia, faces murder and other charges.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct an investigation of the company’s 2010 Gulf oil spill plan to seek the disqualification of the federal judge who presided over the trial last month. In an order, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. said he received correspondence Tuesday in which Kurt Mix’s attorneys argue for the first time that he must disqualify himself because a spillrelated civil claim had been filed on his behalf last year.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Alumni open homemade deli shop Whitney Lynn Contributing Writer
City Pork Deli and Charcuterie is taking a slice of the local restaurant industry by serving up sandwiches, bacon and salads all made from scratch, setting it apart from other Baton Rouge shops. Opened in Dec. 2013 by two University alumni, Chase Lyons and Trey Williams, City Pork prides itself on making everything in house and taking time to get the product perfect. Lyons said it takes two weeks to cure bacon and 20 days for roast beef and corned beef. Time is of the utmost importance when making a quality product, he said. “Everything but the bread and cheese is made in the house: bacon, turkey breast, roast beef, pickles, potato chips, condiments and sides,” Lyons said. He said his passion for food stems from watching his grandmother create traditional
Louisiana cuisine. After graduating from the University with a degree in psychology, he decided to open a sandwich shop. He said he started by searching for “best sandwich shops” on the Internet and came upon Noble Sandwiches in Austin, Texas, a shop specializing in made-fromscratch entrees. Lyons called the shop and was invited to see the deli firsthand. Bringing along homemade andouille and gumbo, Lyons met with the two chefs and owners, Brandon Martinez and John Bates. He was hired on the spot to wash dishes and began to learn the business by watching Bates and Martinez. Eventually, Lyons moved back to Baton Rouge and found a fellow food-loving partner in Williams. City Pork offers five sandwiches centered around house-cured meats and an array of scratch-made salads and soups. The two partners plan to expand the menu to up to 10 sandwiches with the help of
customer feedback. The Big Pig, made with 17-hour smoked pork shoulder and coleslaw on a brioche bun, claims the prize of most popular sandwich. The shop offers a happy hour, including wine and a cheese board and daily specials. City Pork also sells its house-cured meats, giving customers the option to bring some home with them. The deli credits its success to the people of Baton Rouge. “We really are in a great location,” employee Amy Hazel said. Lyons agreed Baton Rouge and the University are the reasons why City Pork is gaining popularity. City Pork is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 2363 Hollydale Ave. near George’s. LAUREN DUHON / The Daily Reveille
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House-made meats sit on display Tuesday at City Pork, an alumni-owned Baton Rouge sandwich shop and charcuterie.
Survey finds religious intolerance lower in U.S. Michael Tarver Contributing Writer
Religious experts on campus agreed with a recent Pew Research study that reveals religious intolerance increased around the world with minimal changes in the Americas; however, they also recognize instances of intolerance in the U.S. The study, released Jan. 14, states 74 percent of the global population was victim to social hostilities involving religion in 2012. The percent of countries or territories across the globe experiencing social hostility increased from 29 percent in 2011 to 33 percent in 2012. This means a third of the world’s countries experienced hostility because of religion in 2012.
Bob Stine, pastor of Christ the Pasquier pointed out that alKing Catholic Church, and Mi- though most of the world is significhael Pasquier, ascantly more hostile ‘This Pew study just toward religion in sociate professor and section head reinforces the fact that comparison to the of religious studAmericas, the U.S. ies at the Universi- students at LSU need still saw increases ty, both elaborated to understand the effect in religious intolon the research erance. Pasquier study and how it religion has on many said even with reflects on the rethe separation of aspects of life.’ ligious standing of church and state, the United States the U.S. is not imMichael Pasquier and University religious studies associate professor mune to religious students. intolerance. The Stine said America is lucky role of religion in politics and in in having the separation of church the public realm has always been and state. Most of the countries strong, he said. with religious hostility have govThe emergence of the new ernment-enforced religion, mak- religion Yeezianity, based around ing it difficult for people of the op- the hip-hop artist Kanye West, is posite religion, Stine said. an example of cultural influence,
Pasquier said. The religion is an example of religious practices evolving, and Yeezianity is a reflection of its time, he added. Pasquier also said virtual religions are becoming more prevalent in today’s culture. People express their beliefs through different forms of media, he said. Though the Pew study collected data on open religious hostility, much of the intolerance in the U.S. happens outside the legislative
realm through personal acts within the church or society, Pasquier said. “This Pew study just reinforces the fact that students at LSU need to understand the effect religion has on many aspects of life,” he said.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014
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
Recycled Banner Tote Bags - Scotlandville Branch-EBR Public Library S'mores Clinic - LSU UREC
Erin Demastes - The Maison
LSU vs. Auburn Basketball - PMAC Michaela Harrison - Cafe Istanbul
Open Mic Night! - The Station Sports Bar and Grill Thursday Night Live - LSU Student Union, Live Oak Lounge
The Captain Legendary Band - The Blue Moon Cirque d'Licious Burlesque - Hi Ho Lounge-LA Blues Jam - Phil Brady's Bar & Grill
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Barry Stephenson's Pocket - The Maison Cat's Ass Karaoke - George's Place
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
BASF donates $1 million to College of Engineering for lab Lab will be first of its kind in Southeast Panya Kroun Contributing Writer
With the recent announcement of a new laboratory for researchers, the College of Engineering honored its recent commitment to expand its facilities. On Jan. 15, the Geismar branch of the BASF Corporation donated $1 million to the College of Engineering for the development of a the BASF Sustainability Laboratory. On its website, BASF, a chemical corporation, said the lab will be the ﬁrst sustainability lab established at both the University and in the Southeast. According to an email from Jolen Stein, community relations
manager at BASF, the company has a sizeable stake in the development of young engineers, and the lab will be integral to educating a new generation of sustainability-minded scientists. “The lab space will encourage innovation, problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork — all skills that are highly desirable to BASF and other global companies when hiring engineers,” Stein said in the email. Heather Herman, director of strategic partnerships at the College of Engineering, conﬁrmed in an email the lab will be equipped with the most current research technology, including continual lines for common gases, high pressure pumps and protective ventilation hoods. These tools are all essential to the development of sustainable technologies, Herman said. She said faculty will use web
cams, large display monitors and a high-speed Internet connection to work on joint projects with other researchers. Herman also said the lab would operate according to a lend-lease program, which is unique to the University. In most labs, a single research team is assigned a space, and they conduct their research in that space indeﬁnitely. “Researchers in the BASF lab may use it for a given period of time to advance his or her particular area of research involving sustainable practices, and the lab will open up for another researcher when it’s complete,” Herman said. When the research project concludes, the lab will be open for another researcher’s use. This approach will allow for continual innovation. In the email, Herman said the
College of Engineering would assess research proposals with representatives from BASF based on the following criteria: innovation, relevance, deliverability, community impact, incorporation of BASF products and how well they address relevant sustainability problems with a novel approach. Once a project is approved, researchers will be given a time frame during which they must establish a plan to involve the local community in their research. The college has not approved any particular faculty member regarding use of the lab, but Herman cited the research of Marwa Hassan, assistant professor in the Department of Construction Management, as a project that would be ideal for it. Hassan has developed a surface treatment that removes harmful nitrous emissions from the air and
transfers them into the pavement. Herman also said the state made a one-to-one match agreement with the college, meaning the state will give the college a dollar for every dollar that it receives from private entities. No deﬁnite timeline has been established for the lab’s construction, but according to Herman, it will be housed under the new Chemical Engineering Addition to Patrick F. Taylor Hall. Stein said more information about the building would be released in the fall, and its development will be a joint effort between BASF and the College of Engineering.
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Pennington launches efforts to fight obesity Deanna Narveson Staff Writer
Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center announced the formation of a childhood obesity and diabetes research program Wednesday at Pennington and cut the ribbon on the opening of a new facility to house the program. The new facility, the Translational Research Clinic for Children, or TReCC, was formed with $6.4 million from the state of Louisiana. It is expected to become a center for researching the underlying causes of childhood obesity and diabetes and will be the only facility to research infant metabolism in the country, Jindal said. “When we talk about the obesity epidemic in the state and in the country, we most often think about adult obesity,” Jindal said. “We often
don’t talk about the impact it has on our children.” As many as half of the children in the state are overweight or obese, and one of out every $10 spent on healthcare in Louisiana is spent on health problems resulting from obesity, Jindal said. The research program and TReCC will work in collaboration with the LSU Ag Center and Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport, said William Cefalu, Pennington Biomedical Research Center executive director . “This program allows us to extend our expertise and proven leadership in obesity and diabetes research to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic,” Cefalu said. LSU President F. King Alexander said the “epidemic” of childhood obesity, which the new
research program aims to reverse, is not just about the health of Louisiana’s children. “This issue is about K-12 schools, this issue is about higher education, this issue is just about everything that our states are talking about,” Alexander said. “If we do not tackle this issue, this issue by itself will swamp our state budgets for decades to come.” Jindal said $8 million was spent on obesity related health care each month and childhood obesity predisposes adolescents to diabetes, which can lead to blindness, kidney disease,
heart disease and nerve problems. “The clinic will go a long way toward improving the nutrition of our children and it will help them live fuller and happier lives,” Jindal said. Peter Katzmarzyk, the associate executive director of Pennington Biomedical, said Pennington recently completed a study funded by the National Institutes of Health on identifying the best markers of abdominal obesity and future risks among 400 Baton Rouge children, which is an example of the studies the facility will be used for.
Katzmarzyk currently leads a 12-country childhood obesity research study of 6,000 children to better understand the underlying determinants of the development of obesity. Alexander said as a land-grant university it was LSU’s job to help the state tackle it’s problems and provide solutions to every problem Louisiana has.
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Lady Tigers prepare for Auburn matchup Team refocuses after loss to Vandy Tommy Romanach Sports Contributor
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lead. And when the Tigers grabbed their biggest ﬁrst half lead at 1810, Martin had yet to remove his warmup jacket. It’s become the new norm for the Madison Prep product, who entered the game at the 12:03 mark in the ﬁrst half. “It was kind of weird,”
After a difﬁcult stretch of games that ended with a 79-70 loss at Vanderbilt on Sunday, the LSU women’s basketball team (14-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) hosts Auburn (11-7, 2-3 SEC) tonight at the PMAC. The loss to Vanderbilt snapped a three-game road winning streak for LSU and sent the team back to 6th in the SEC standings. Vanderbilt guards Jasmine Lister and Christina Foggie shredded LSU’s defense for 44 points and the team fell apart in the second half, allowing 50 points. “Looking back, we made a lot of mistakes,” said senior forward Theresa Plaisance. “There were a lot of things that we did not cover. Vandy had a lot of open looks, and there’s a lot of things that we need to ﬁx.” Among the ﬁve SEC games LSU has played, four have been against teams in the top half of the conference, while three of those
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AUBURN, see page 7
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Freshman forward Jarell Martin is lifted up Saturday during the Tigers’ 81-58 victory against Vanderbilt in the PMAC. Martin deals with early troubles in his inaugural season.
Heavily recruited Jarell Martin works through early season struggles Chandler Rome Sports Writer
As Jarell Martin took a baseline pass and slammed it home for two of his 10 points in the McDonald’s All-American Game on April 3, 2013, it appeared Reggie Rankin was accurate. “Coach Johnny Jones hit the jackpot with this local product,”
Rankin, an ESPN.com basketball recruiting analyst, wrote days earlier. Then a junior at LSU, Andre Stringer heard much of the same about his soon-to-be teammate. “Thunderous dunks. Supreme athleticism. A knack for the ball. Explosive moves to the rim,” Stringer recalled. Martin was the ﬁrst product
of Jones’ reputation as a lockdown recruiter — seen as a turning point for Tiger fans parched for success from its basketball program. But on Tuesday night, as the LSU starting lineup was introduced against Missouri, Martin sat on the bench. He sat and watched fellow freshman Jordan Mickey win the tipoff. Sat as LSU built a 10-4
Abolishing the extra point in football is pointless THE SMARTEST MORAN JAMES MORAN Sports Columnist NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has never been afraid of leaving his mark on the NFL. Whether it’s championing player safety on the ﬁeld or attempting to reign in player behavior off of it, Goodell hasn’t been shy about tweaking the sport to his liking since he took over for Paul Tagliabue in 2006. But from handing out unnecessary roughness ﬁnes like parking tickets to doling out unprecedented penalties to the New Orleans Saints for their bounty program, Goodell’s motivation has always been the same — to protect the
future of the league and the sport itself. Not all Goodell’s decisions have been well-received. It’s brutal to watch a ﬂag ﬂy after every violent collision, but watching a watered-down version of the sport is better than having the entire league killed by a multi-billion dollar concussion lawsuit. I’ve always seen the rule changes as a necessary compromise — until now. Goodell recently told the NFL Network that the league’s competition committee may consider getting rid of the extra point. Basically since extra points are converted so often — kickers made 1,256-of1,261 (99.6 percent) PATs this season — he wants the entire practice abolished. The idea began as a suggestion from Patriots coach Bill Belichick,
who suggested earlier this month that extra points are a boring waste of time and that the league should do something about it. But Belichick meant the extra point should be more difﬁcult to decrease the conversion rate. I can’t imagine automatically increasing the value of a touchdown is what he had in mind. But that seems to be exactly what the commissioner is thinking. Goodell claimed that since the kick is too automatic, it is boring and should be replaced with something more exciting. He mentioned making a touchdown worth seven points, and following it with an extra play that would make the score increase to eight, if successful, or drop down to six if it’s not. If that seems pointless and EXTRA POINT, see page 7
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently told the NFL Network he wanted to get rid of the extra point because it is becoming a pointless part of the game.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Record-breaking weekend for LSU ends on high note Kopcso, Tigers receive accolades Jack Chascin Sports Contributor
LSU women’s freshman swimmer Kara Kopcso earned Southeastern Conference Female Freshman of the Week after a strong string of performances Saturday against Texas A&M. Kopcso received the honor for the second time this season after setting a school and Natatorium record — signifying the best time ever recorded for an event by any
school inside the Natatorium — in women’s squad. the 200 yard butterfly. “I think those swims this past Kopcso finished with a time of weekend are just scratching the 1:56.12, beating defending NCAA surface of [Kopcso’s] potential,” champion CamLSU swimming mile Adams, who Dave Geyer ‘I think those swims coach holds the fastest said in a news re200 yard butterfly this past weekend are lease. “There were time in the country a number of spejust scratching the this year. cific goals she had surface of [Kopcso’s] at the beginning of Kopcso’s time is faster than the the year. Breaking potential.’ qualifying time for that school record last year’s NCAA was one. QualifyDave Geyer Championships. ing for NCAAs is LSU swimming coach Kopcso also finanother and she ished first in the put herself in a po100 yard butterfly, giving her eight sition to do so with that time.” wins on the year, which leads the The LSU men’s squad earned
the No. 22 spot in the country in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America NCAA Division 1 Men’s Swimming and Diving poll. The ranking comes after a strong outing by the Tigers Saturday beating Texas A&M 157.5142.5. The Tigers’ No. 22 ranking marks the first time this year the men have cracked the top 25, and the first time since Jan. 22, 2013, when LSU and Missouri both claimed the No. 24 ranking. “I think it’s great for the CSCAA to recognize us for our performances over the past few weekends,” Geyer said. “Like we emphasized all year, the season is a progression for us, and this shows
we are taking the right steps for a great end of season performance at the SEC Championships.” The men were led into this ranking in large because of to the performance of junior swimmer Frank Greeff, who scored victories in both the 100 and 200 yard butterfly. Both squads get a weekend off before traveling to Houston, Texas, to take on Tulane, Rice and Houston Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.
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LSU freshman Kara Kopsco sets a pool record Jan. 18 during the Tigers meet against Texas A&M with her performance in the woman’s 200 yard butterfly timed finals in the LSU Natatorium.
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have come on the road. Things should get easier for the Lady Tigers, as LSU’s next three opponents are all in the bottom half of the conference, and two of them are at home. Plaisance said LSU looks at every team as a top team and opponents like Auburn can’t be taken lightly. Plaisance will have a chance to make her mark on LSU history, as she stands just six rebounds away from 500. She became the 31st player in LSU history to score 1,000 points in last week’s victory against Missouri. Plaisance said she never would have imagined reaching this moment after having disappointing freshman and sophomore seasons. “My first year didn’t go the way I wanted,” Plaisance said. “My second year didn’t go the way I wanted. All my dreams and aspirations slowly kind of declined. ... So being able to be in that number
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Martin said. “I’ve never come off the bench in my life.” Since suffering a high ankle sprain on his first collegiate possession in a loss against UMass on Nov. 12, Martin’s freshman campaign has been anything but the idealized picture Tiger fans painted for him. Martin was a mainstay in the starting lineup through the Tigers’ nonconference schedule, but at a cost. He relinquished his normal position at power forward and moved out to the wing, where early season struggles were evident. He forced shots. He turned it over. And his control issues were epitomized in his return from the ankle injury against Southeastern Louisiana, where he was out of control on two consecutive possessions as he barreled into defenders for quick charges. But it wasn’t until after LSU’s SEC-opening loss to Tennessee that Jones moved Martin and Stringer to the bench in favor of sophomore guard Malik Morgan and senior Shavon Coleman. For Martin, it was quite the adjustment. Admittedly jolted, he turned to his family and trainer EJ Avery for guidance. “When you first hear it, it’s like, ‘Wow, am I doing something wrong?’” Avery said. “We had that conversation for about three or four minutes. He expressed how he felt about it and what he was going to do moving forward.” Specifically, Martin told Avery he’d use the move to relax and calm any nerves still lingering. It was vintage Martin, according to Avery, who watched his pupil blossom from a ninth grader who started his career at Glen Oaks. “I didn’t let it get to me,” Martin said. “I looked past it and now I feel like it was a good thing. I started getting more comfortable with the game and everything.” Since the move, Martin averages only 22 minutes per game, down three minutes from his previous 10 games, but has 12 points per game and averages almost six rebounds.
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with such great players is quite an honor.” Despite coming in with a losing record in the SEC, all three of their conference losses have been by less than 10 points with all of those teams residing in the top 20 of the current AP poll. Auburn forward Tyrese Tanner leads the team, putting in 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds a game for the season. She has been playing well as of late, averaging 19.3 points while shooting 52.4 percent from the field. “I think she does an extremely great job at the top of their press Beyond the jump in production, the move has more clearly defined Martin’s role as a quick, athletic player on the high post who can step out and bury mid-range jumpers. Junior forward Johnny O’Bryant III, himself a McDonald’s All-American in 2011, faced the same high expectations as Martin when he arrived in Baton Rouge. And through similar tribulations, O’Bryant said he learned quickly what to do with expectations. “You’ll never be able to live up to the expectations people have because they’re always changing,” O’Bryant said. “I think you just come in, work as hard as you can, be the best you can be and at the end of the day, be happy with that.” Avery was aware of the expectations surrounding his prized pupil, but was confident Martin’s upbringing prepared him to handle them. Martin, who said he despises social media and only has an Instagram account he rarely uses, ignored them. “He has humble beginnings, coming from basically nowhere, virtually unheard of,” Avery said. “He hasn’t always been popular. He’s not one to be all over the Internet, reading clippings because that’s not something he’s always been accustomed to. He focuses on the right things.” After Martin entered the game at the 12:03 mark in Tuesday’s win against Missouri, he immediately turned the ball over. He was later saddled with foul trouble, committing two in a span of 30 seconds in the second half to send him to the bench with four. It wasn’t what Martin expected on the given night, nor was it what fans wanted to see from the budding star. But Martin and Jones agreed: An LSU win like the one on Tuesday overshadows any of that. “It’s a team thing,” Martin said. “It’s not just about me.” Contact Chandler Rome at firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @Rome_TDR
so she can turn you over and get a couple of easy baskets,” said coach Nikki Caldwell “She can post, she’s got a face up game, she’s done a nice job establishing herself as a go-to player.” Auburn may bring an offense only averaging 67.4 points per game, but Caldwell said the team will need to maintain focus tonight. “After our Vanderbilt game, obviously you’ve got to go back to the drawing board,” Caldwell said. “We’ve got to be better defensively. … Our awareness must become better. We cannot lose sight of our defensive scheme, and we’ve got to go out and execute to the best of our abilities.”
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confusing, it’s because it is. I can’t think of a single sport that deducts points from a team’s score. There’s a good reason for that — it’s dumb. Plus, the proposed rule goes against everything Goodell has supported during his tenure. It makes no sense for a man so concerned with player safety to support something that creates more opportunities for injury by adding more plays from scrimmage. Big hits are entertaining and have always been a prominent part of football, but Goodell said it had to be sacrificed in order to protect the players. That’s fine, but then how can he turn a blind eye to safety in order to implement a Mickey Mouse system like this and claim it’s in the name of entertainment? And don’t tell me that running a couple extra plays inside the fiveyard line each game won’t lead to
more players getting hurt. Anyone looking for an example can take a look at what happened to the 49ers’ inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman on Sunday. Pretty gruesome, right? The new system would be nothing more than a gimmick and it’s impossible to justify risking a single player’s career to make it happen. Especially when so many institutions of the sport have already been forsaken in the name of player safety. Hopefully this bad idea never sees the light of day. James Moran is a 21-year-old mass communication senior from Beacon, N.Y.
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Author wins Gaines award Panya Kroun Contributing Writer
John Folse, and he has been honored in many publications, including The New York Times. Batiste began sketching at the age of 5. His small drawings were well received by
Picture a woman on a quaint plantation. The sun is shining, birds are chirping and her hair is ﬂowing gently in the breeze. Now imagine a bloody, mangled body at her feet. Welcome to the mind of Attica Locke. Locke, a Californian author, will be recognized for her book “The Cutting Season” tonight at the Manship Theatre. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation will award Locke with the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Every year, the foundation gives the award to an outstanding African-American author who honors Louisiana’s literary traditions. It’s a happy coincidence that Locke’s novel takes place on a ﬁctional modern-day plantation in Ascension Parish. “Louisiana is incredibly rich territory for any writer because it’s so beautiful and lush and complicated,” Locke said. The events of the book are inspired by a wedding Locke attended at the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie in 2004. The plantation served as a direct model for Belle Vie, the ﬁctitious plantation featured in the novel. “Writing about sugar cane country was very interesting,” Locke said. “I was kind of stunned by the place. In my mind, it was a protected historical site. But on the site, there’s a restaurant, there’s ice cream, a bed and breakfast. I just found the lives of the people who run this kind of present-day plantation very fascinating.”
BATISTE, see page 11
ATTICA LOCKE, see page 10
Alvin Batiste is a Louisiana folk artist who depicts images of Southern life in his “primitive art” style paintings, some of which are displayed at the West Baton Rouge Museum.
Batiste the Artiste West Baton Rouge Museum features folk painter’s works STORY JOSHUA JACKSON Entertainment Writer
Through the large front window of FramerDave’s Frame Shop in Donaldsonville, La. passersby can see multiple vibrant paintings consuming the walls. Seen through the corner is the creator of those pieces, Alvin Batiste. Batiste sits opposite a canvas,
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working on his next piece. Over the past decade, Batiste has become popular in the art community. He now has an exhibit of his work at the West Baton Rouge Museum. His paintings have garnered the attention of actor Billy Bob Thornton and chef
The Front Bottoms to play in NOLA Gerald Ducote Entertainment Writer
The Front Bottoms are a New Jersey-based indie band with a sound often described as acoustic pop punk. Composed mainly of lead singer/ guitarist Brian Sella and drummer Mathew Uychich, the duo’s songs are odes to young adulthood’s many slings and arrows. The band, which will be playing in New Orleans on Saturday, covers the spectrum, from heartache to recreational drug use to one’s own dark personal thoughts. Though these may be heavy issues, The Front Bottoms deliver
lyrics that seem to ease the load of depression and stress into catchy guitar strums and stiff, steady drumming. The band’s latest album, “Talon Of The Hawk,” was released in May 2013 and has elevated The Front Bottoms into indie cult status with a mass of devoted fans across America. The album’s success has allowed The Front Bottoms to embark on its ﬁrst-ever headlining tour, the “Hot Chocolate Tour,” with punk rockers You Blew It! The Daily Reveille caught Sella for an interview before a show in Albuquerque,
New Mexico. The Daily Reveille: How has touring with You Blew It! been? Brian Sella: It’s been incredible so far. Those guys are awesome, and they’re a lot of fun to hang out with so it’s been going good. And they put on a good show. TDR: If you could name one place so far on your “Hot Chocolate Tour” that’s been really great to play, which would it be? FRONT BOTTOMS, see page 10
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New Jersey-based band The Front Bottoms, including lead singer/guitarist Brian Sella and drummer Mathew Uychich, will perform Saturday at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans.
Young the Giant, “Mind Over Matter”
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Alternative rock band Young the Giant’s self-titled debut album received high praise from many critics for its catchiness and depth. The record stays true to the sound that led to the band’s popularity by leaning on lead singer Sameer Gadhia’s distinct voice and catchy guitar riffs. Compared to the band’s first album, “Young the Giant,” the new LP is less aggressive and less lyrical. Some songs, like “Waves,” feel like the lyrics were forced together and the song “Camera,” contains a lazily written chorus. Even when the band tries to be aggressive, the songs come off as peaceful. There are many feel good tracks like “Teachers” and “In My Home.” Sadly the record does not show any growth for Young the Giant. “Mind Over Matter” is average at best.
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I Break Horses, “Chiaroscuro”
Swedish electronic duo I Break Horses released its second album, “Chiaroscuro,” on Tuesday. I Break Horses’ sound brings to mind the broad soundscapes of Sigur Rós, but with quicker beats and more lyrics. “Chiaroscuro” doesn’t do anything to redefine synth music, but helps to make a name for the band after its respectable debut, “Hearts,” released in 2011. Along with “Denial,” other songs stand out as easy-going ballads that beckon to other chill-wave acts like Washed Out. The opening track, “You Burn,” moves creepily while maintaining the aesthetic of betrayal and condemnation. “Chiaroscuro” not only holds up against other major synth-based releases, but acts as a rock-solid following to “Hearts.” For listeners interested in more music like I Break Horses, look into Exitmusic and Glasser. GERALD DUCOTE
Beck, “Blue Moon”
Beck has released its first recording since 2008, with the single “Blue Moon” from his upcoming album “Morning Phase.” It’s just okay. It’s a sappy acoustic song and is as unexpected from Beck as the style for his upcoming album. While it isn’t anything from “Modern Guilt” or even “Mellow Gold,” it’s not the worst thing he could have done. The track is very acoustic with elements that feel like something Beck would do, but it still just comes across as average because it never takes any risks like his biggest hits. That’s the biggest problem with the single. “Loser” was edgy, and its randomness made it great, and the unexpectedness of “Where It’s At” works fantastically; those tracks are legendary and deservedly so. “Blue Moon” is a disappointment, because after four years, Beck has just mellowed out. Hopefully, his future work can recapture his past greatness. ROB KITCHEN
Mogwai, “Rave Tapes”
It’s ironic that post-rock veterans Mogwai named its eighth studio effort “Rave Tapes” because it features some of the bleakest sounds on any album this year. At 50 minutes, the album’s songs meander into one another to form one of the most beautifully depressing soundscapes crafted in recent memory. The songs are an assortment of solemnly-soaring, keyboard-fueled crescendos coupled with bizarre, morose analog noises, interspersed with the occasional whispered word. On its own, the album is sonically pleasing enough, though it doesn’t quite live up to the standards of its predecessor, “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.” Like all of Mogwai’s projects, it will probably leave listeners drowning in a pile of their own tears. In fact, I can say with complete confidence that the album would be much better suited for a funeral than a rave. PANYA KROUN
“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”
In a world that produces hundreds of similar action movies per year, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is notable for doing some things right. Kenneth Branagh is certainly a competent director, at times he’s even been a notable director, and his fingerprints are clear in this film. The nicest thing that can be said about this movie is that it is entertaining, even if it’s a bit generic or predictable. Jack Ryan is not a character many would think is deserving of a feature film, and he is also a character not many have heard of. The movie calls itself a prequel, but a prequel to what? The movie would be almost identical if it was just called “Shadow Recruit.” At the very least, the film is competent. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” held my attention, but failed to illuminate me. WILL KALLENBORN
EDITOR’S PICK: Warpaint, “Warpaint”
Continuing the band’s talent of producing indie dream pop, Warpaint has once again delivered a quality record with the group’s sophomore self-titled release. Vocalists Emily Kokel and Theresa Wayman’s tones are devastatingly haunting as ever, and with help of backup vocalist Jenny Lee Lindberg, the band seemingly sings its way into the abyss, with each song gently melding into the next. While the lyrical content of the record isn’t anything to write home about the album mostly consists of typical Warpaint content: love and sorrow, sometimes both), the fine melodic tune of the music is enough to make up for it. An album meant to be played from start to finish, “Warpaint” makes for an excellent late night study record or a welcome REBECCA DOCTER Entertainment Editor addition to a long drive.
The Daily Reveille ATTICA LOCKE, from page 9 The transformation of an archaic plantation into a commercial resort motivated Locke to capture its spirit. When the story begins, everything is business as usual for plantation manager Caren Gray, until she stumbles upon the lifeless body of a little girl in a sugarcane ﬁeld. From then on, the book mutates into a murder mystery that juxtaposes dark subject matter with bouts of southern humor. In this way, Locke said, her book is a little absurd. “To me, the whole set up is absurd,” he said. “The second you say you’re writing about a present-day plantation, where people are doing reenactments and there’s a gift shop, you’re already in the land of the absurd. I deﬁnitely tried to capture what
FRONT BOTTOMS, from page 9
BS: Probably Michigan. The ﬁrst two shows were in Michigan. It was really cold, but the shows were incredible. We played in Grand Rapids and Pontiac. TDR: How was your experience last time in New Orleans when you guys played in-store at Euclid Records? BS: Yeah, we did. We played in-store on our last tour. It was super, super hot. Very sweaty, but it was good. We usually only get to spend like eight hours in New Orleans every time we pass through, so it’ll be nice to hang out for a little while. TDR: How do you guys feel about playing a bigger venue at One Eye Jacks this time around? BS: Yeah, that’s crazy. I mean, that doesn’t make any sense. We’ll see how it goes. Keep our ﬁngers
Thursday, January 23, 2014 it’s like for people to be dressed as slaves and texting on their iPhones.” Locke began writing the book in 2009 — the year she returned to Louisiana to conduct her research. During her stay, she talked to locals about the area and stayed at the Oak Alley Plantation for a few nights. Locke’s research was also informed by many books about plantation life, including “The Sugar Masters” by Richard Follett and Alec Wilkinson’s “Big Sugar.” As an avid bookworm, she said she believes reading is an essential part of the writing process. “I love reading,” Locke said. “And I think writing feels like reading. I was 11 when I ﬁrst started writing stories. I used to try and sell them in junior high school. That didn’t work out, but I always liked to read
stories, and I always liked to write stories.” Despite her pension for writing, Locke was surprised when she was told she had won the award. “I never in a bazillion years could have pictured anything like this,” Locke said. “But when I drove past the plantation on my way here from New Orleans, I thought, ‘I’ve come full circle.’ And I’m enormously grateful.” Locke will receive her award at 6 p.m. tonight at the Manship Theatre. Tickets must be ordered in advance by calling the theater at 225344-0334. The event is free and open to the public.
crossed. It was a lot of fun [at Euclid Records], for sure.
stories they tell usually work in a lot of these song ideas.
TDR: What have you personally been listening to on the tour, in your downtime, if you’ve had any at all?
TDR: Are you already writing and planning for the next album or do you just want to relax after the tour ﬁnishes?
BS: I’ve been listening to, honestly, probably a lot of pop punk music. Our tour manager, his name is Jerry, he loves pop punk, so he’ll play us a lot of pop punk music and a lot of hip-hop, but not ironically. TDR: Do you personally have a favorite song that you wrote or play for the band? BS: Yeah, probably “Twin Size Mattress.” TDR: Could you name one speciﬁc place you draw song-writing inspiration from? BS: Probably from my friends. The
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BS: Oh, deﬁnitely. The writing process is pretty constant so, like, we’re always writing new stuff and I got some ideas and everybody’s got some ideas, so it’s slowly but surely coming together. The Front Bottoms will be appearing with You Blew It! at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans on Saturday, Jan. 25. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the band’s website thefrontbottoms.com.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 BATISTE, from page 9
his friends and family, which inspired him to attempt painting. “I used to watch Bob Ross on television and admired his work,” Batiste said. “He inspired my style of painting.” Batiste calls his style of art “folk” or “backyard” art. Many of his pieces reflect events he has experienced or tales he has been told. “A lot of it comes from stories my mom would tell me. Baptisms in the river, going to the
church, planting gardens … It all influenced me,” Batiste said. As his popularity increased, Batiste has been given the opportunity to travel the country displaying his art. Batiste journeyed to Washington, D.C., where he had an exhibit in 2002 at Howard University. He also had a couple of paintings displayed in the Epcot Center at Disney World. He “paints as he feels,” allowing his emotions to speak through his works. Batiste enjoys the praise he receives from the honesty in his paintings.
The Daily Reveille Residents of Donaldsonville, La., often pass by the window of the shop and commend Batiste on his work. When creating art, Batiste said he believes the most important thing is to “remember where you came from.” He said being down to earth allows an artist to observe everything around him and find even more inspiration. Batiste said coming from such a small town lets him see things that would be missed if he lived in a large city. However, he is also influenced by larger cities
page 11 like New Orleans. “There’s so much to do in big cities,” he said. “I think it’s great to put together small city and large city inspirations into my work.” Rarely does Batiste take time off. He is in the shop painting five days a week for hours at a time. He will enter with a vision of what he wants on the canvas in front of him and work until that vision is complete. Batiste’s folk art exhibit will remain in the West Baton Rouge Museum until March 30.
Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For students and seniors, admission is $2 per person. Regular admission is $4 per person. Batiste’s art can be purchased at his website, alvinbatiste.com
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Deceptive Dieting Weight loss resolutions are part of diet culture, harmful to health OFF WITH HER HEAD Jana King Columnist We’re 23 days into the new year, and for some of us, our new diets. Granted, many of you may have already crumpled up your list of New Year’s resolutions and headed for Dairy Queen, putting off to next year what you don’t want to do right now. For those of you who are still trudging through the produce aisles and coughing to cover up stomach grumbles, I challenge you to look at the root cause of those grumbles and the culture that condones them. Diet culture affects both men and women, albeit differently. While women are encouraged to slim down, men are striving to bulk up. And there are a few problems with this industry no one seems to be discussing. The language used in the diet industry is controlling and sets us up for failure. The word “diet” itself refers to the kinds of food a species habitually eats. It was never supposed to mean a restricted meal plan used to lose weight. We eat because our bodies need nutrients to survive. Yes, for most of us eating is no longer about survival, but that does not take away the fact that our bodies need nutrients. Diets should not be something you can cheat on, and applying a value system to food only causes you to feel shame for not choosing the guilt-free Turtle Mochasippi from CC’s. Guilt is not an ingredient in any food. But the value systems, the guiltfree drinks and the jokes about cheating on your diet are excellent ways for a company to make money. The diet industry is exactly that — an industry trying to make money. Celebrities are paid to tell us we should buy a product because they used it, and look how great they look now. That product is used to body shame us, a plan to achieve “the new you” in an unrealistic timeframe. But we buy into it, most of the time. Weight loss is not a measure of health, regardless of what Weight Watchers or “The Biggest Loser” tells you. Losing weight should not be the ultimate goal — the goal should be to feel healthier. The diet industry does not make
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money off you feeling healthier, though. It makes money when you feel poorly about yourself and want to be thinner. This industry capitalizes on the fear that our bodies are not the right size or shape, and it tells us we are in desperate need of self-improvement. For those burdened with masculinity, you’re pressured to drink this and take that supplement to become ripped, or built, or whatever terminology they’re using to say you do not have enough muscles. On the other hand, women are targeted and accused of taking up too much space. In “Women and Gender: A Feminist Psychology,” Mary Crawford and Rhoda Unger touch on the history of adolescent dieting, noting that the focus on the body is a recent development. Girls in history used to describe self-improvement as studying, learning manners or improving relationships. But in the last 20 years, self-improvement has narrowed in on the physical body. It’s worth noting that this coincided with media describing beauty as being thin. And of course, being beautiful is the goal of every young girl. In the book “Perfect Girls, Starving
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
HEAD to HEAD Is income inequality a serious threat to the global economy? Yes. It will lead to a crisis of capitalism. MR. FINI JOSHUA HAJIAKBARIFINI Columnist The World Economic Forum released a Global Risk assessment on Dec. 30, 2013, that labeled income inequality as a major risk for youths. Five years after the global ﬁnancial crisis, the global elite have not only recovered from the crisis, but their wealth has reached unprecedented levels. Inequality is a serious problem. The 85 richest people in the world have more wealth than the bottom half of the world. The top 400 wealthiest Americans have more than the bottom 150 million Americans. On top of this, 3.25 billion people earn less than $2 a day. As a result of so much poverty, around 30,000 children die daily from malnutrition and preventable diseases. We students should care about this growing trend, because if nothing changes there will be a major systemic crisis, which will shift any future plans we have. Global wealth and income inequality have grown exponentially over the past 40 years. The two major causes of the trend are the political shifts toward neoliberalism and technological innovation. Neoliberalism is a pro-free market movement spearheaded by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s and 1980s. It seeks markets being free from government intervention instead of the Keynesian status quo, which believed that governments should guide the market. Under Reagan, the United States began major economic and ﬁnancial deregulation. One major example was the offshoring of manufacturing jobs, which, today, affects us with the bankruptcy of Detroit. Offshoring broke the backs of American unions and the working class in favor of management and high ﬁnance. After years of gutting the regulatory agencies, a new era of free markets, greed, excess and risk persisted until it rocked the global ﬁnancial system. As far as the growing inequality in the third world, it is driven mostly by neo-imperialism. Instead of the standard 19th century colonial empire, the modern empires of the world are multinational corporations, which mostly reside in the United States. The International Monetary Fund and World Bank launched development programs that directly led to income and wealth inequality. When the IMF makes a loan to a third world country, there are four conditions. The ﬁrst condition is for the country to open its markets to predatory multinational corporations. The second, is spending cuts to health care and education. The third condition is devaluating the local currency to make local goods and services cheaper for predatory countries. The fourth condition is to privatize and sell off essential social services such as transportation, communication, etc. to multinational corporations. As a result of these conditions for loans, many third world countries’ wealth gaps have gotten worse instead of improving. The other major cause of wealth
inequality is the exponential growth of technology. Since the 1970s, computers have been putting people out of work more than employing them. In the United States, millions of labor-based jobs have been lost to automation. Because of this, the productivity of the work done has also exponentially grown, but the only ones reaping the excess value of production are the management and owners of the businesses instead of the workers. The main problem not on the surface of the crisis is technology eliminating jobs. Jobs and wages are the main sources of demand in the global economy. Therefore, the fewer workers there are, the less the demand. Inevitably, these two trends of free markets and tech automation will lead to a global jobs crisis and even a global crisis of capitalism itself, because machines will eliminate billions of jobs but cannot create demand to ﬁll in the gap. We face a major crossroad in history. Either we regulate the free market again, which will prolong the problem for another time, or we decide to have an overhaul of the global capitalist system. The reality is that the wealth and income gap cannot continue to expand without a major crisis in the future.
Joshua Hajiakbariﬁni is a 24-year-old political science and economics senior from Baton Rouge.
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No. It’s a side effect of other, more fundamental issues. ATLAS HAS SHRUGGED
ANDREW STOLZLE Columnist As a member of the next generation of American workers, I stand with you in saying: we are in big trouble. Over the past few years, the job market has become increasingly more unstable; graduates are frequently ﬁnding themselves either without a job or are having to settle with one outside of their ﬁeld. Politicians are quick to blame income inequality for these trends, when the inequality is merely a side effect of deeper bureaucratic and social problems. It’s important to note that varying incomes are not unique to modern society and have existed for centuries. Without a doubt, we are faced with a brutal market, more debt and often seem to be trapped with a degree worth less than the paper on which it’s printed. But rather than addressing the root causes of these problems, we instead are blaming corporations and its executives for the troubles college students and graduates face. A Gallup poll conducted this week shows that 67 percent of Americans are dissatisﬁed with the distribution of income and wealth. In reality, inﬂation and substantial increases in the social safety net and the consistent growth of government have been, and still are, generating a deteriorating environment for job seekers. The Federal Reserve has been issuing the creation of paper currency for the last 100 years and has been devaluing the worth of our money since its inception. What most
people fail to recognize is that inﬂation, caused by the Federal Reserve, disproportionately affects the middle and lower classes much more heavily than the upper class. For those who live paycheck to paycheck, the devaluation of their money is devastating; the wealthy are affected signiﬁcantly less because they have a large enough income to compensate for that loss in value. The prices of gasoline, groceries and even movie tickets have skyrocketed over the past few decades due to inﬂation, making even the most essential items more and more difﬁcult to purchase. Some argue that inﬂation rates are not to blame because they have decreased over the past 20 years. Although true, rates still hover around 2 percent and continue to devalue the dollar, causing prices to increase across the board. Since its establishment, the number of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security recipients has continually climbed, as well as funding for those programs. Fewer Americans are searching for jobs and a growing number are beginning to receive government beneﬁts. Since the middle and lower classes constitute a large portion of the nation, they consequently make up the majority of these recipients. From 2006 to 2011, Medicare-Medicaid enrollment increased by 17.7 percent and nearly 58 million beneﬁciaries received Social Security payments each year from the government; this is due in part to increased funding, but more importantly a consequence of a misguided moral system that encourages a large social safety net. With the federal government doling out monthly checks to an increasing number of individuals, the incentive to work is diminished. I am not arguing that these recipients are lazy, but when faced with an already lackluster economy, the desire to enroll in a social program can become overwhelming when the government is more than willing to provide beneﬁts. Although it is true that the top 1 percent of Americans own about 35 percent of private wealth, this is a result of bureaucratic policies that have disproportionately affected the lower classes while allowing the upper classes to remain relatively unscathed. Congress cannot legislate equality, and indeed it would be wrong to do so. Steps must be made to deregulate the market, and social programs should slowly be reduced in size. Only then can individuals and corporations pursue their own interests without coercion or corruption. And only then will the job market begin to improve and the over-sensationalized income inequality will begin to fade away. Andrew Stolzle is a 20-year-old mechanical engineering junior from Baton Rouge.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on Jan. 20 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music at a Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute on economic ineqaulity.
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DIETZEL, from page 1 Sinise’s nephew introduced Dietzel to his friend, who was running for Congress. After working for the campaign for three months, Dietzel left to start his own business, Anedot.com, a website that gives political campaigns and other causes the ability to collect and manage donations. “I had realized that everybody across the country all needed to raise money,” Dietzel said. Though Dietzel values the skills and experiences his education had provided, he said he believes “not everyone should go to college,” and said young adults are too often pressured to pursue ﬁelds they have no interest in. Responding to critics who question his lack of political experience, Dietzel said he does not think political experience is a “valid criteria” for effective congressmen. In terms of social issues, Dietzel opposes the death penalty, noting that, “from a ﬁscal standpoint, ________________________
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be banned. The University may offer s classes to help faculty and staff to ease the transition into a smokefree campus, Keppler said. The University did not decide whether to pursue a tobaccofree campus policy in addition to smoke-free campus, Keppler said. According to the act, tobacco-free is deﬁned as “the prohibition on the use of tobacco derived or containing products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahsmoked products, and oral tobacco products.” This would include e-cigarretes. Instead, SG was left to debate the issue, ultimately passing a resolution against the possible tobacco ban Wednesday night. The students’ voices should outweigh the faculty’s vote, killing somebody costs a lot more than it does to keep them alive.” Dietzel, a Baptist Christian, quickly added he does not believe humans were created to be the deciders of life. When it comes to gun control, Dietzel vows to uphold the constitution and defend the Second Amendment. “Law-abiding citizens that go and buy their gun and register their gun and everything else – they’re not going around killing people.” In an article from February 2013, however, Mother Jones reports there have been at least 62 mass shootings across the country since 1982. Of the 143 guns possessed by killers, more than 75 percent of the weapons were obtained legally. “The issue is not guns,” Dietzel said. “The issue is making sure that we have the appropriate resources to take care of people that have mental health issues.” In addition to anti-gun legislation, Dietzel also opposes the Affordable Care Act, which allows young
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said Speaker Pro Tempore Trey Schwartzenburg. “This is a lifestyle policy that affects everyone equally. We need to be heard more than 5,000 faculty members,” Schwartzenburg said. “Students are 86 percent of the population.” From the survey conducted during November and December of 2013, about 60 percent of students were against the tobacco ban and only 40 percent supported it. SG’s resolution will be passed on to Alexander who will make the ﬁnal decision on the tobacco ban.
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