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This is not a drill UL officials say active shooter instruction is recommended, not mandated in classroom Aaron Gonsoulin firstname.lastname@example.org Following another shooting last month in Parkland, Florida, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s faculty and students are questioning university protocol in the event of an active shooter. Pearson Cross, Ph.D., associate political science professor and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the university has offered small-scale safety training for professors. “We haven’t, as far as I know, had any intensive drills or practices or anything like that in terms of an active shooter situation,” he said. On Feb. 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and wounded 17. This event was just the latest of mass shootings, totaling 14 since the beginning of the year, according a CNN article. The event of school shootings is becoming more and more prevalent, and some UL Lafayette students said the topic is not discussed enough. Junior phycology major Victoria Greenway said the protocol in the event of an active shooter hasn’t been discussed since she arrived last year. “I think we definitely should. I work at a school,” Greenway said. “I think the professors definitely should talk about what we should do in the event of an active shooter.” Greenway said she is disturbed by the thought of a person opening fire at the students at First Baptist Christian School, where she works. Although Greenway has yet to have a
Photo by Klint Landry/The Vermilion A street sign at the intersection of East St. Mary Boulevard and McKinley Street serves as a reminder to pedestrians and motorist of the university’s policies on the possession of drugs and firearms while on campus. professor who has discussed the procedure in the event of an active shooter, a fourthyear political science major who wished to remain anonymous said he was advised his freshman year by Ryan Teten, Ph.D., associate political science professor, who elaborated on protocol. “He explained that in the case of an active shooter, we should remain in our classroom, move to a corner away from the door and windows and place the desk in front,” he said. Teten said the class he instructs about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks showed him how easy of a target institutions such as public universities can be, prompting him to mention safety measures in his courses. “Although you try to clamp down with security measures, anybody can come
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off campus with anything, students can come on campus with anything,” Teten said. “So we have to be very proactive in trying to deal with dangerous situations.” According to deans in the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, the Ray P. Authement Colleges of Sciences and the College of Education, having a protocol for an active shooter situation isn’t required. Students’ instructors are required to include emergency evacuation procedure on their syllabi, but they are not required to specify protocol in the event of a shooting. Joey Sturm, UL Lafayette’s director of public safety and police chief, said
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Women’s panel to field insight from leaders in parish Vermilion staff report This Thursday, March 15, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Residence Hall Association and Office of Residential Life Diversity Committee will host a women’s leadership panel. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom, and is set to host former UL Lafayette female alumnae, with Alumni Director Jennifer C. LeMeunier as the moderator. The panelist for women’s leadership include: Louisiana Small Business Development Center Director Heidi Melancon, 16th Judicial District Court Judge Lori Landry, Lafayette Parish Correctional Center Warden Major Catherine Fontenot, United Way of Acadiana President and CEO Margaret H. Trahan and Director of Community Development Lafayette Consolidated Government Shanea Morrison Nelson, Ph.D., according to the university website. Melancon, who has been the senior business consultant with UL Lafayette since 2004 until she took over as director in 2014, is responsible for consulting with clients in the areas of strategic planning, business development, financial evaluation and marketing, according to lsbdc.org Landry served as the first AfricanAmerican female Assistant District Attorney in the 16th Judicial District Court for eight and one-half years, according to 16jdc.org Fontenot has worked with inmates, their families, crime victims and their families over the years, according to her LinkedIn page. Trahan was the president of the UL alumni association from 2013-2015, according to her LinkedIn page. Nelson pursued a profession that would allow her the opportunity to help others and has committed to a career in public service, according to lafayettela.gov.
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Giving Hope event offers supplies, assistance to Lafayette homeless Aaron Gonsoulin email@example.com The University of Louisiana at Lafayette nursing students along with community leaders participated in their first outreach program designed to provide assistance for homeless people in Lafayette at St. Bernadette’s Clinic. Called Giving HOPE — Homeless Outreach Providing Essentials — the program was designed to give back to the homeless by giving them proper medical attention. Students checked blood pressure and oxygen levels, calculated body mass index, performed bone density screenings and provided diabetes information, according to kadn.com. Accomplishing these screenings was a joint effort between the community and UL Lafayette students and faculty, said Linda Peters, a community service department worker for Our Lady of Lourdes. More than 100 of Lafayette’s homeless were helped at 40 different service stations, each designed to cater to their needs, Peters said. While some waited in line for their free meal, which consisted of corn, salad, a slice of bread, a bottle of water and jambalaya that was provided by both St. Bernadette’s Clinic and Cardinal Coil Tubing LLC, others sat together and enjoyed the food. “We collaborated — St Bernadette’s clinic, along with UL Lafayette and many of the non-profit organizations that offer the greater good for the homeless and those who are less fortunate in our community,” Peters said. “We brought them screenings and much-needed health information.” One of UL Lafayette’s nursing students, junior Kori Keen, said the HOPE event promoted a healthier lifestyle.
Photo by Klint Landry/ The Vermilion UL Lafayette second semester junior nursing student, Madison Pastorello, gives out bags filled with snacks and a motivational message at “Giving HOPE,” hosted by St. Bernadette’s Community Clinic.
“We offer blood pressure readings, we offer vision screenings and we are also giving them glasses,” Keen said. Keen also said before receiving essential items such as blankets and backpacks, they were required to establish vital signs as a precautionary measure. Bethany Borel, a junior nursing major, said helping people in need and witnessing the impact of some good is a fun bonus of volunteering. “I was giving out glasses, and to see the difference it made for one guy, I was excited,” Borel said For UL Lafayette students like Keen and Borel, helping the community is an offshoot of what clinical students do every semester at St. Bernadette’s clinic, according to Dr. Melinda Oberleitner, associate dean in the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. “The students recognized some needs of the homeless population that wasn’t
being met, so they decided to work with the community and gets some of those needs met,” Oberleitner said. One of the homeless recipients, Ronndrick Tillman, said the HOPE event means that it’s all about the love from the community members. “People like me need sleep and rest and something to eat, so pretty much letting me know that they still love us and care for us,” Tillman said. Another one of the homeless who was out for HOPE, Jesse Pace, said this was a great event to help everybody in need. “This is the best thing that has happened in a while,” Pace commented. Peters said the HOPE event means the world to her. “It means a great deal to me because we have so many homeless people and a lot of times we live in our own bubbles and we don’t realize the needs in our community,” she said.
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Three UL seniors to travel across Europe in Red Bull challenge Vermilion staff report Next month, three University of Louisiana at Lafayette students will travel to Europe to compete in the “Red Bull Can You Make It?” contest. UL Lafayette seniors Brandii Champagne, Emily Daigle and Sam Riehl will travel overseas April 9 and visit nine cities, including: Budapest, Madrid, Manchester, Rome or Stockholm, according to the university website. Calling themselves “the Cajuns,” Champagne, Daigle and Riehl will try to travel across the continent, find sleep, secure food and transportation with only Red Bull as their currency. One of 200 teams from over 60 countries, the Cajuns will begin their journey on April 10 with only one cell phone with unlimited data and 24 cans of Red Bull. Not only will competitors travel the continent with a limited supply of energy drinks, but they will stop at checkpoints to complete tasks, hoping to also earn points based on likes gathered on social media posts. The team who earns the most points will win the contest at those checkpoints. Champagne, a performing arts major, said she’s excited for the journey. “I anticipate being hungry and miserable, but also having the best time of my life,” she said. The Cajun trio earned the right to compete by submitting a minute-long video, telling the judges a little about themselves and what they thought of traveling Europe and their thoughts about competing with people from around the world. The winners of the 2018 contest will receive a prize to be named at a later time.
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SGA prepares for week of activities, meeting candidates Melissa Watson firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Government Association amended an appropriation to give $180 rather than $800 to the Theta Xi fraternity for their national convention after the appropriation was tabled last week. According to SGA Treasurer Kristopher Harrison, although $800 is the maximum amount that can be appropriated at a time from the Total College Fund for Organizations, $90 is the maximum amount SGA can give to each member, and Theta Xi is sending two members to their national convention. Harrison read out six new appropriations to be voted on next meeting, including $425 to Beta Alpha Psi for the BAP Southwest Regional Meeting in Oklahoma City. SGA Vice President Maddie Breaux
announced SGA week is next week, adding a candidates debate is March 22 at 6 p.m. in the Helma B. Constantine Forum and an opportunity to “meet the candidates” is March 23 from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. in the Student Union Courtyard. SGA President Mary McMahon announced a possible two buses to transport University of Louisiana at Lafayette students to Baton Rouge to voice their concerns regarding TOPS to their state legislators for “UL System Day” on April 11. “The UL System consists of nine universities in Louisiana,” McMahon said. “It’s a day to show our push and our support for funding for higher education and funding for TOPS. There will be posters set up for each of the Louisiana representatives and students are invited to
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March 11 A group wearing masks and shirts with Greek letters on the front was reported in front of Randolph Hall at 3:50 p.m. Officers determined the group was a UL Lafayette fraternity preparing for a probate.
March 10 Officers arrived at the Intramural Fields in response to two individuals driving a four wheeler on university property at 10:01 p.m.; both were warned to stay off university grounds. A SODEXO worker reported a $100 was taken from her purse at 9 a.m.
March 9 A female individual fell and hit her head at Russo Park at 8:35 p.m. She refused further treatment after the Lafayette Fire Department administered first aid and Acadian Ambulance arrived.
March 8 Officers arrested Devin Thomas, 22, after finding him in possession of pipes containing suspected marijuana and narcotics residue at 10:54 p.m. at the intersection Johnston Street and St. Mary Boulevard. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
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March 5 Officers arrested Devin Thomas, 22, after finding him in possession of pipes containing suspected marijuana and narcotics residue at 10:54 p.m. at the intersection Johnston Street and St. Mary Boulevard. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
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11th Women’s Conference brings together high-achieving female community, education leaders Shane Manthei firstname.lastname@example.org Women from around the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the parish discussed the importance of empowering other women at the 11th annual Women’s Leadership Conference. Under the theme “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women,” the conference featured Katrice Albert, Ph.D., executive vice president of inclusion and human resources for the NCAA, as keynote speaker. The conference also offered breakout sessions and the Sarah Brabant Trailblazer award. “I hope that women find today to be a very empowering day, a day that challenges them to think beyond their comfort zone, to strive for greater equity in work places, to network with women, and to really build community,” Taniecea Mallery, Ph.D., director of equity, diversity
and community engagement, said. Mallery works in the Office for Campus Diversity, from which she also assisted as chair of the planning committee for this year’s conference. Mallery has planned previous Women’s Leadership Conferences; this year’s conference marked the program’s return to campus. “It’s come a long way in those three years,” Mallery said about the development since she joined the planning effort. She added that, in her first year as chair of the planning committee, there were only two guest speakers while she learned the ropes. This year, Mallery said, the planning committee wanted a more inclusive approach and invited people to attend with open calls for “a more broader network.” With roughly 150 at previous conferences, over 250 people attended this year’s. Mallery said Albert is prominent
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Photo by Haoua Amadou/The Vermilion The 11th annual Women’s Leadership Conference by The Office of Campus Diversity was held Thursday in the Student Union in celebration of National Women’s History Month. New Roads native Katrice Albert, Ph.D., the Executive Vice President for Inclusion and Human Resources at the National Collegiate Athletic Association was the keynote speaker at the event.
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SOAD students promise unique wardrobe at show Vermilion staff report
Next Monday, March 19, the Acadiana Center for the Arts is hosting its annual school of fashion and design fashion show. The show will be open to the public for a $10 admission fee at the door and will be held from 6-8 p.m. with its proceeds going to the school of architecture and design. The students of SOAD will continue to challenge themselves this semester with creative cultural content from a variety of mediums.
The works, which showcase the first-year students in architecture, interior design, and industrial design at the UL Lafayette school of architecture and design, will have unique materials for their wardrobe such as items found in a fabric shop or hardware store, the university website said. For more information about the SOAD fashion show, please email email@example.com.
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March 14, 2018 PROTOCOL continued from page 1 students and faculty should practice the Run, Hide, Fight doctrine. “If you can run away from the threat, you do that,” Sturm said. “If you can hide because the threat is in some close proximity which prevents you from running, then you hide. If those two options are exhausted, then you must fight.” Sturm noted the situation at hand will usually dictate what bystanders do. According to Associate Director of Public Safety Joey Pons, UL Lafayette’s administration and staff have recommended what to do in the event of an active shooter. “The department of public safety has recommended that to the president and to the administration that they use the time to go over it (the Run, Hide, Fight doctrine) at the beginning of class to at the beginning of the semester to discuss safety issues with students,” Pons said. University Communications Specialist Charlie Bier provided a university statement that university police undergo and implement training at the beginning of each semester.
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“Run, Hide, Fight education is incorporated at orientations for new employees, new students and students residing in on-campus housing,” the statement read. “Emergency Evacuation Procedures are required to be covered in every class syllabus; the Office of Public Safety recommends that faculty refer to Run, Hide, Fight at the start of each semester.” The student who wished to remain anonymous said the conversation for procedures in the event of an active shooter should’ve been in place years ago. “We as a nation have witnessed a continuous rise in gun violence on campuses,” he said. “Last month we witnessed 17 lives taken too early. In 2013, we all stood by as children were murdered at Sandy Hook. These conversations should have changed things after Columbine. Unfortunately, in our government, money speaks louder than the citizens.” Teten, however, said discussion of shooter protocol is at the discretion of faculty. “It may into the future should the administration should decide,” Teten said. “But I think at this point, the way we approach it as professors should be up to us.”
SGA continued from page 3 write on their representative’s poster about their story about why they need TOPS or why higher education is important to them.” Graduate School President Oludamilola Adeslyun announced Graduate Student Appreciation Week is coming up in April. Education President Matthew Juby announced the UL Lafayette men’s basketball team is playing Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge at 6 p.m. “Baseball beat LSU last week so it would be really cool to beat LSU at two sports in a matter of a week. I think it would really stick it to them that we’re better than them in all aspects in life,” Juby said.
CONFERENCE continued from page 4 at both a national and state level. Albert earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Auburn University. She has also performed duties as vice provost for equity, diversity and community outreach at Louisiana State University from 2005 to 2013. “While she has national prominence because of her role at the National Collegiate Athletic Association,” Mallery said, “she also has a very long history as a local figure, from New Roads, and she worked at LSU for many years also.” Mallery attributed Albert as another reason for increased attendance, stating many of Albert’s friends wanted to see her speech. The conference also saw Mary Neiheisel, Ph.D., a nursing professor at UL Lafayette, receive the Sarah Brabant Trailblazer Award. “I’m thrilled to death about this award,” Neiheisel said. “I’ve known Sarah Brabant. She used to help us in the college of nursing. She was a mentor to us, a counselor for us, and she did a lot of work with Faith House.” Since 2016, the Sarah Brabant Trailblazer award has been granted at the Women’s Leadership Conference to recognize her contributions to advancing equity and contributing service to the community. Among her accomplishments, Brabant was president of the Board of Directors for Faith House and she founded the Mayor’s Commission on the Needs of Women. “There’s so many outstanding women
who have attended this, and who have done so much for this community,” Neiheisel stated. “I think, ‘Look,” Neiheisel added, “so many other women could have gotten this award.’” Neiheisel has a long and storied career. She said she started teaching nursing at UL Lafayette in 1966 in a building that was condemned, but has since been renovated. She also contributed to the founding of the nursing practitioners program at UL Lafayette in 1995. Within the local community, she has performed numerous roles such as those at Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults, Faith House (a domestic abuse shelter) and is chair of the newsletter for the American Association of Nursing Practitioners.
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UL Habitat for Humanity educates residents in week of programming John Roman firstname.lastname@example.org The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Habitat for Humanity chapter invited students to learn about what the organization does as part of its first ever Act! Speak! Build! week. Every day between Monday, March 5, and Friday, March 10, Habitat hosted different events to educate students on what they and why it’s so important. On Monday, Habitat members put up a display in front of the Student Union where they could explain housing statistics to students, as well as give them the opportunity to donate and put their name on the display to show their support. On Thursday, participants went through a simulated housing process, during which they experienced the difficulties homeless people face to acquire housing. Participants were given a 50-minute week to try to find housing by going to various housing authorities, and while they waited only 10 minutes for a chance at housing, in the real world people
can wait for years. On Wednesday, Habitat hosted a homeowners forum, where attendees were shown a video that went into the lives of the homeowners with the organization, and how it impacted them. These homeowners can be single parents of one or heads of larger families, but all had to put in work in order to build and purchase their house. After the video, attendees were given the opportunity to ask Melinda Taylor, executive director of Lafayette Habitat organization, and Geoff Gjertson, an architecture professor at UL Lafayette, questions about their work with Habitat and what students can do to support them. “You have a voice that you can use as advocates,” Taylor said. “Our legislators aren’t there to do whatever they feel like doing. They’re there to do what you tell them to do; you are their constituents. I would highly advise you to be one of those active people who make the phone calls and sends the post cards and lets them know what you think.” Students were given an opportunity to ask a representative from Clay Higgins’
office, John Chautin, questions about Higgins’ views on affordable housing, which ended with a documentary on falling below the poverty line, titled “The Line.” On Saturday, 15 Habitat members worked a chapter shift, where they built furniture for the Habitat Restore to sell, which in turn raised money for the organization. April Pruitt, educational advocacy chair for Habitat’s UL chapter, said she wants to showcase not only how people can get involved, but the difference Habitat makes to the homeowners as well. “If I can just let that one person know what Habitat is about and change their minds about affordable housing and about how important it is to advocate for affordable housing and how important it is to give back to your community, then I know that my job is done,” Pruitt said. A group of Habitat members went to Woodvale Elementary School, where they “adopted” a third-grade class. The group asked the students questions, such as the differences between a home and a house to help them separate the two in their mind and realize the value of each. Habitat
members also helped the students make a collage of what they have in their home. Angela Barattini, sophomore biology major and member of Habitat, said she enjoyed the enthusiasm the students had to work with her. Barattani participated in other events in the week as well, and added they helped her understand how important Habitat is. “I have volunteered in the past, and now I’m seeing that what I’m doing is making a difference, and helping people have a safe place to live,” Barattini said. She also encouraged people who weren’t able to participate in Act! Speak! Build! week to “volunteer at least once, either at the construction site or the restore, just to see what Habitat is all about, and why it’s important to sponsor, volunteer and make a difference.” Habitat plans to host more advocacy events and fundraisers throughout the year. More information on their advocacy campaigns and how you can volunteer can be found on habitatlafayette.org or habitat. org.
State legislators to discuss hazing legislation during regular session Melissa Watson email@example.com Hazing offenders may soon face harsher penalties with a new Louisiana House bill suggesting a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail for hazers, an increase on the current law: a $100 fine or up to 30 days of jail time. House Bill No. 78 also suggests harsher penalties for those who harm or kill an individual through hazing and organizations hazing to happen. “If the hazing results in the serious bodily injury or death of the victim, the person who engaged in or participated in the hazing shall be fined up to $10,000, and imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for up to five years,” the bill’s digest reads, adding organizations complicit in hazing would pay up to $100,000 in fines and would give up all public funding.
District 31 Rep. Nancy Landry authored the bill and it will be voted on at the general legislative session, which began on March 12, according to the Acadiana Advocate. Jim Slatten, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Phi Kappa Psi chapter adviser, said a combination of education and criminal sanctions can prevent hazing. He cited Maxwell Gruver, a Louisiana State University freshman who died during hazing activities due to alcohol poisoning last year, and Rustam Nizamutindov, a UL Lafayette international student who died in 2016 after a sleep-deprived Kappa Sigma pledge, Michael Gallagher, struck him with his car, as cases that call for criminal sanctions. “If people are seriously injured or hurt, there’s a retribution element,” Slatten said. “If you’re Max Gruver’s parents, if you’re Rustam Nizamutindov’s mother,
and your son has been killed, society expects there to be retribution for that. (Criminal penalties for hazing) signal to people in these organizations that society is not going to tolerate misconduct that seriously jeopardizes the health and welfare of young people.” Slatten also said while education is part of a “continuum” to prevent hazing, in some cases more severe precautions should be in place. “Education is always the preferred remedy, but sometimes it’s just not accepted by certain students,” he said. “The very semester that the Kappa Sigma hazing incident occurred … the Office of Student Engagement brought on campus a renowned national speaker on hazing …. All new Greek members were required to attend. Presumably Kappa Sigma had their officers there as well as 41 new members. Yet, egregious hazing went on throughout the semester that led to Nizamutindov’s
death.” A UL Lafayette fraternity member, who wished to remain anonymous, said the bill is a “step in the right direction,” but he still takes issue with unclear hazing definitions. “In the past, the definition of hazing wasn’t as definite, they didn’t give many examples of it,” said the fraternity member. “There were a lot of inconsistencies where certain actions could be misconstrued as hazing. I’m a pledge educator for my fraternity. You could say that pledge education, like learning the history of your fraternity, is definitely a mental struggle … this could be interpreted as some sort of mental abuse which could be considered hazing.”
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A marine archaeologist used his unique experiences in the field to share about underwater archaeology and the developments made in tandem with industry that further research from shore to deep oceans last during a speech on campus. Robert Church, a marine archaeologist for over 20 years, said he has dived into all types of waters to find bits of history, from a river in North Carolina with a confederate gunship, to a sinkhole in Florida. Church said he has investigated many sites of sunken history during his long career in marine archaeology, the study of past civilizations through the examination of shipwrecks, harbors and other physical remains they left behind underwater. In recent years, Church said, developments in archaeology have grown in tandem with the oil and gas industry, specifically in the deep sea, which he considers anything beyond scientific diving. “It is a distinct shift in methodology,” said Church. “I am no longer going down and putting my hands on it.” Because of this, machines like Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and Remote Operated Vehicles are both used
HAZING continued from page 6 Lafayette District Attorney Daniel Landry said the new bill will help deter students from hazing. “Any time you enhance penalties or expose people to jail it does have a chilling effect on (illegal) activities,” Landry said. He also said the bill changes the crime status of hazing. “It is my understanding that Rep. Landry from our area has introduced a modification to create a Title 14 crime to enhance penalties and to address the issues with the current law,” Landry said. “Under the (proposed) law, you can
for archaeology and oil underwater, but were paid to be developed for the industry, he said. “Each improvement gets us another piece of the puzzle,” said Church. “Equipment advancements are mutually beneficial to both (archaeology and industry).” When his marine archaeology career began, deep water was not an anticipated field for Church, but it has been more and more of what he does with the relationship of his field to the oil and gas industry. In 2001, Church and his colleague Dan Warren were doing a pipeline survey with C&C Technologies for the oil and gas industry with the special deep sea equipment and made a deep sea archeological discovery that had been searched for for years. Routine commercial work led to the duo’s discovery of the U-166, the only German U-boat that was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico whose circumstances of its sinking were controversial. “That was what changed everything for me,” said Church. “It changed mine and Dan’s careers.” “For almost 60 years this U-boat had been missing somewhere out in the Gulf of Mexico. So when we looked at this and (it) really started to sink in that we may have found it, that was a little overwhelming really, and it was exciting,” Church told PBS in 2015.
actually prosecute if even the victims are not cooperative.” He added this isn’t the case with current hazing law. Lt. Billy Abrams, the public information officer for the UL Lafayette Police Department, said he appreciates the clarity of the bill. “It is much better and more defined than the current law,” Abrams said. “It has more substance to make those responsible more accountable. Hopefully this will prevent any type of hazing in the future. I’m sure as time goes on we’ll get deeper into it and see how it affects the university, how it affects us as a police agency and how we will then deal with these types of hazing incidents.”
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Robert Church, a marine archaeologist for over 20 years, spoke at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette about his career and findings. During the speech, Church also talked about cultural resource management, which is the survey for and documentation of archaeological sites instigated by the need to examine sites before they are destroyed by construction or natural disasters, according to Chegg.com “Louisiana is probably at the bottom of the list as far as laws in place, said Church. “But Mississippi is behind us,” he said with a laugh. “It’s working with physical pieces of the past,” said Joseph Giavotella, an English major and president of the Philosophy society. “I came because it was an interesting topic.” Giavotella said what he found most impressive was the everyday items Church said was used to date some wreck sites, such as a fork on one wreckage. “For us, looking into the past those things seem like artifacts, but today we don’t think about what the future generations will use to learn about us,” said Giavotella. The event was hosted by the the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Archaeology Society, an organization for students and non-students interested in a the field or archaeology.
“It was great,” said President Kristin Carline, a junior anthropology major. “It was a higher attendance because it was better promoted by multiple teachers in class.” With the incoming freshmen, diversity within the study of anthropology has entered UL Lafayette and Carline said they are trying to supply events that interest everyone in the ever-growing major. “Pretty recently we’ve had an influx of interest in historical archaeology, cultural anthropology, which are thing that haven’t been as highlighted in our meetings,” said Carline. “We have tried hard to adjust to what they’re wanting.” “We’ve has previous interest in underwater archaeology so it’s just really nice to be able to make that shift and satisfy our members,” said Carline. Currently serving as senior marine archaeologist at Oceaneering International Inc., formerly C&C Technologies, Church directs dives from above now, having done 400 reports since 1998 about sites similar to the ones he used to dive into himself. “We all have a piece and a process to discover about the human experience,” said Giavotella.
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SPORTS UL to face rival LSU in Tigers’ home turf Louis Prejean email@example.com
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball team will travel to Baton Rouge to take on Louisiana State University in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on March 14 at 6 p.m. The LSU Tigers will host the first round matchup as the No. 3 seed with a 17-14 overall record. Louisiana comes into the NIT as the No. 6 seed with a 27-6 record. This Ragin’ Cajuns team is the first in the school’s program since 2003 to compete in the tournament. The last matchup between these two teams was on Dec. 1, 2009, when the Ragin’ Cajuns lost 66-58 at LSU. Louisiana comes into this game after setting the school record for most wins in a single season. LSU enters the tournament hosting the first-round matchup with notable wins over five teams that rank in the Top 50 in the Ratings Percentage Index. However, the Ragin’ Cajuns have a higher RPI than the Tigers. Louisiana’s RPI is currently ranked No. 63 in the nation while LSU sits at No. 94, according to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Rankings. Ragin’ Cajuns Head Coach Bob Marlin said he wanted his team to host this game. “We would like to play this game at home,” Marlin said in a March 12 press conference. “Our RPI’s much better. Our record is much better. We feel like our gym is better.” Louisiana also has the second-best record in the NIT out of the 32-team field behind the 28-5 record of Saint Mary’s College of California. For LSU, this is their eighth appearance in the NIT and first since 2014. LSU is 13-4 at home this season, averaging 77.5 points per game and allowing opponents to score 73.9 points per game. Freshman Tremont Waters leads the team in scoring with 16 points per game on 41.5 percent shooting from the
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Photo via Google The Ragin’ Cajuns will travel to Baton Rouge on March 14 to face the LSU Tigers in the National Invitation Tournament. field. Waters also averages a team-high 5.9 assists per game. LSU Head Coach Will Wade sent out a university news release on March 11 addressing the team’s selection to the NIT. “The selection of LSU to this year’s NIT says a lot about the progression of our program. It is a step in a direction that will only continue to move this program forward,” Wade said. “We look forward to giving our fans another opportunity to watch us play in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.” Louisiana averages 83.4 points per game, allowing opponents to score 70.4 points per game. The Ragin’ Cajuns are led in scoring by senior Frank Bartley at 17.7 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting from the field. Senior Bryce Washington is averaging a double-double for the season with 10.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. There are rule changes to the national tournament this year that can make a difference for these teams. The games in the NIT will be played in four quarters with 10 minutes in each quarter, instead of the two 20-minute halves the men’s collegiate teams are accustomed to. The three-point line will be pushed back 20 inches, which is where the arc is in the International Basketball Association (IBA). The tournament will also adopt the National Basketball Association’s free
throw policies as the lane will widen four feet and teams will shoot free throws after the fifth foul in each quarter. The final rule change is the shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound rather than the usual 30 seconds. Marlin said he believes there will be a difference due to these rule changes. “I’m anxious to see how it all plays out,” Marlin said. Another factor for the Ragin’ Cajuns is the health of senior Johnathan Stove and junior JaKeenan Gant. Stove was limited in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament due to a high ankle sprain and Gant played restricted minutes in the tournament due to illness. “Hopefully they will be ready. JaKeenan had a chest x-ray and it came back clear. I feel like Stove will be a little bit better as well,” Marlin said. “We need a full team to go play the best we can play.” This first round matchup certainly has rivalry undertones because of the instate competition but, for Marlin, this is a positive for the state of Louisiana. “We love playing teams within the state. I think it’s healthy for the state,” Marlin said. “It’s good for Louisiana basketball. I think it’s important for our state to rally behind this and make basketball better because it’s at a good place right now.”
The Louisiana track and field team began their outdoor season at the McNeese Cowboy Relays on March 10 with three first-place performances and a fourthplace finish overall. Junior pole vaulter Kyle Baudoin cleared the bar at 15 feet 9 inches to place first in the men’s pole vault event. The Ragin’ Cajuns swept the top three in the women’s pole vault event with junior Alexa Johnson claiming first place by clearing the bar at 11’7 ¾”. Sophomore Kimberly Rushford placed second with 11’3 ¾ inches and redshirt freshman Bailey Broussard rounded out the top three by clearing the bar at 10’11 ¾ inches. The women’s 4x800-meter relay team placed first with a time of 9:26.73. Louisiana recorded 175 total points and placed fourth overall out of 15 teams. This outdoor season-opener is coming off the heels of the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9, in which senior Jeryl Brazil finished 15th overall in the men’s 60-meter dash with a time of 6.87 seconds. The Ragin’ Cajuns will continue their outdoor season on March 16 at the Ragin’ Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility to host the Louisiana Classics.
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The Louisiana women’s basketball team is looking into different strategies for an improved offense before their first game in the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Ragin’ Cajuns will be the sixth seed in the tournament and play Georgia Southern University at 7:30 p.m. on March 6. Before Louisiana plays in the tournament, Head Coach Garry Brodhead is still exploring ways for increased offensive production. “We’ll have some different options and different lineups that we haven’t seen earlier on,” Brodhead said after the 6053 Louisiana win over Arkansas State on March 1. The women’s team closed out their regular season with a 15-15 overall record, 10-8 in conference. Their defense held opponents to 62.1 points per game but the team’s offense averaged 59.9 points per game. The team’s offense can take multiple approaches. Louisiana has utilized press defense in an attempt to score points off opponents’ turnovers. The Ragin’ Cajuns force 16.6 turnovers per game and average 14.5 points per game off the opposing team’s turnovers. Press defense is not only a defensive strategy, but a way for Louisiana to score more easily. Freshman center Ty’Reonne Doucet is one player that has proved to be effective in the press defense. Doucet is the second tallest player on the women’s team at 6 feet 1 inch tall, which means her length can create turnovers and easy opportunities for Louisiana’s offense. “Ty Doucet has such good length. She gets her hands on the ball and it creates a lot of turnovers,” Brodhead said. “We’re constantly working on that in practice and I think we’re getting better at it.” Senior forward Simone Fields is another tool in Louisiana’s arsenal that can positively impact the offense. Fields
has shown in the past she has the potential to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns offense, but it depends on how much the team wants to feature her scoring ability. Fields started 20 of the 30 games she played in as a junior. This season, Fields played 30 games but only started 9. Fields averaged 29.8 minutes per game as a junior. That number is down as Fields has played 24.3 minutes per game in her senior season. She shot 347 field goal attempts in her junior year and averaged 14.5 points per game last season. Fields has attempted 249 field goals this season as she is averaging 9.6 points per game. Getting Fields more involved is another way Brodhead will try to get the Cajuns offense going in the conference tournament. “We have to get more touches to Simone,” Brodhead said after their win against Arkansas State. Brodhead said he has given thought to inserting Fields into the starting lineup, he feels the impact will be the same regardless if she comes off the bench or not. “That’s my thought every day. My assistant coaches like her coming off the bench. It keeps her motivated,” Brodhead said. There are other players who can provide a boost on offense besides Fields. Brodhead said he believes senior forward Nekia Jones and freshman Jomyra Mathis can be the spark this offense needs. “You’ll see Nekia coming back off her little injury she had with her knee. We’ll run some high post stuff,” Brodhead said. Jones is fourth all-time in school history in three-point percentage. She is shooting 32.9 percent in her career and is right behind Charlotte Green for third alltime at 33.4 percent. In the regular season, Jones led the Ragin’ Cajuns in three-point percentage at 35.5 percent and led the team in three pointers made with 38. As for Mathis, she has only played in 16 games and started four. Mathis has seen more playing time logging 20 or more minutes in three out of the last four games. Over the four-game stretch, Mathis is averaging seven points and 3.25 rebounds
Photo by James Mays/ The Vermilion Sophomore Caleb Armstrong watches the ball after the pitch as the Ragin’ Cajuns take on the South Alabama Jaguars at M.L. Tigue Field on March 10, 2018.
per game. “You know Jomyra is starting to come into her own and play. I think she’s a great jump shooter so that’s an added factor to our offense,” Brodhead said. “She’s such a good athlete and such a good jump shooter. I think you’ll see some good things out of her next week.” The final way for this Ragin’ Cajuns offense to improve is remaining aggressive, yet poised. Louisiana sees a rise in free throws the more aggressive they are. The free throw shooting is a difference in wins and losses this season for the women’s team. The Ragin’ Cajuns have shot 367536 from the free throw line, 68.6 percent. They averaged 12.3 free throws per game in the regular season. In their 15 wins, the women’s team shot 224-307 from the free throw line, 20.4 free throws per game, 72.9 percent. In 15 losses, the Cajuns shot 143-229 from the free throw line, 15.2 free throws per game, 62.4 percent. Freshman guard Skyler Goodwin can lead the charge in this category. She
leads the team in free throws made and attempted at 60 of 76 this season. “I think we do need to keep attacking but we also need to slow down. We tend to start rushing a lot and jacking up shots,” said Fields after the win over Arkansas State. “We just need to take our time on offense.” The Louisiana women’s basketball team has to figure out how to be consistent on the offensive side of the ball. Pressing opponents on defense, featuring Fields more, trusting impact scorers and remaining aggressive are ways this team’s offense will be successful in the conference tournament. Brodhead said he believes this team will be ready by March 6. “I’ve always felt we’re a tournament team. The teams that I’ve coached and the way we prepare we can beat anybody in the conference.”
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Basketball teams lose in Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinals Louis Prejean firstname.lastname@example.org The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s and women’s basketball teams fell in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on March 10. The men’s team lost to the University of Texas at Arlington 71-68, and the women’s team suffered a 62-56 loss to Texas State University. The Louisiana men’s basketball team opened the conference tournament with an 80-54 win over Texas State on March 9. The Ragin’ Cajuns managed to down their first opponent behind 14-27 shooting from the three-point line and 40 points from the bench. Senior guard Frank Bartley led the Cajuns in scoring with 23 points in 23 minutes on 8-18 shooting from the field, including 5-11 from three. Sophomore forward Justin Miller stepped in to lead the Cajuns’ second unit after senior guard Johnathan Stove was limited to 15 minutes of playing time after suffering a high ankle sprain on March 1 against Arkansas State. Not only was Stove limited, but junior forward JaKeenan Gant only played three minutes in the quarterfinal win over Texas State due to illness.
Miller scored 14 points on 4-6 shooting from three while adding in four rebounds. Louisiana captured the victory without much of Stove and Gant, but they were sorely missed in the semifinals loss to UT Arlington. Stove logged just five minutes and Gant was under restricted minutes with only nine minutes of playing time. The men’s team shot 6-26 from the three-point line in the loss. With Gant out, the Ragin’ Cajuns were outrebounded 4031. Louisiana did take a one-point lead with 1:54 left in the game. The team was up 68-67 but UT Arlington finished the game off with four straight points. Freshman guard Cedric Russell and senior forward Bryce Washington both missed game-tying threes in the final 10 seconds of the game. “I’m proud of what we accomplished this year,” said men’s Head Coach Bob Marlin after the loss. “It’s the best record in school history. I’m not going to let a couple of bad breaks in the last minute take away from our love for this basketball team and what they’ve accomplished over the last year.” The men’s team set a school record for most wins in a single season with
27, but the conference tournament becomes a separate season. Washington acknowledged the challenge of the Sun Belt Conference tournament once the regular season ended. “It’s 0-0,” Washington said after their 72-61 loss to Little Rock on March 3. “Fourteen and one at home, none of that matters. Twenty-six and five, none of it matters. It’s 0-0.” The loss for the Ragin’ Cajuns was disappointing after their historic regular season. As for the women’s team, their run in the conference tournament was unexpected. The Louisiana women’s team reached the semifinals of the tournament after a 88-81 triple overtime win over Georgia Southern on March 6 and a 54-48 win against UT Arlington. This matchup marked the fourth consecutive appearance for the Ragin’ Cajuns in the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. The Ragin’ Cajuns entered the tournament finishing 15-15 in the regular season, 10-8 in conference. The team had their inconsistencies on the offensive side of the ball, but things changed once they hit tournament time. Senior Troi Swain and freshman guard Skyler Goodwin emerged as
weapons for the Louisiana offense. Swain scored 37 points combined in the first two games of the tournament while Goodwin recorded 43 points heading into the semifinal matchup against Texas State. Swain struggled against Texas State. She shot 1-7 from the field and totaled five points while Goodwin scored a team-high 10 points in the loss. This was the third game Louisiana played in five days, and fatigue played a role for the Ragin’ Cajuns. The triple overtime win over Georgia Southern was the first ever triple overtime game in Women’s Sun Belt Conference Tournament history. “We were tired, a little winded,” said Swain after the loss to Texas State. “We stopped driving and attacking.” Women’s Head Coach Garry Brodhead said the team’s effort was there but everything did not click. “I just thought we played with a lot of effort; we just could never get anything in sync,” Brodhead said after the loss. The loss marked the end of the season for the Louisiana women’s team and their seniors Simone Fields, Kendra Howard, Nekia Jones and Swain. “I love my seniors, and they did a good job,” Brodhead said. “We tried to fight back for them but we fell a little short.”
Cajuns softball gains 38th consecutive win in Sun Belt Conference Madelyn Myer email@example.com The Ragin’ Cajuns softball team played a three-game series against Coastal Carolina in Conway, South Carolina, at their first Sun Belt Conference series of the season last weekend. Louisiana started the series with a double header against Coastal Carolina. The Cajuns were losing until the sixth inning, when they scored three runs to push for the win, 4-2. This was the Louisiana’s seventh comeback win this season. Sophomore outfielder Beth Ashley went 2-3 at the plate, leading the team in hits and grabbing her sixth multiple-hit game of the season. Ashley hit the ball that tied the two teams at 2-2. Freshman outfielder Casidy Chaumont scored off Ashley’s hit because of a leadoff walk
to third base, followed by a wild pitch from Coastal Carolina’s pitcher, Kaitlin Beasley-Polko. Junior catcher Lexie Comeaux provided a game-winning run, ending a 2-2 tie, with her double down the left field line in the sixth inning. Freshman outfielder Aeriyl Mass got in an extra run with a sacrifice fly for the Ragin’ Cajuns; she led the team in RBIs, with two. Freshman pitcher Carrie Boswell made her Sun Belt Conference debut, pitching two and two-thirds innings at the end of the game without letting Coastal Carolina score. In the second game, a 4-2 loss, junior third baseman Kara Gremillion hit 2-2, including a double and an RBI, and Mass hit 2-3. Louisiana out-hit Coastal Carolina 6-5, but couldn’t nab a win. Freshman pitcher Casey Dixon pitched for the first four and two-thirds innings and limited
Coastal Carolina to three hits. Louisiana started in the lead, 1-0, off a Gremillion RBI single in the third inning, but soon after a Coastal Carolina player hit two solo home runs, to make it 4-1. In the sixth inning, senior outfielder Brittany Rodriguez scored on a grounder from sophomore shortstop Alissa Dalton, making the score 4-2 for the Cajuns. Carolina’s pitcher put an end to Louisiana’s rally, though, with a double play that resulted in 3 outs. The Ragin’ Cajuns finished out the series with a 4-2 win in game three. Dixon pitched for the Ragin’ Cajuns and held Coastal Carolina to three hits. Gremillion and senior outfielder Kelli Martinez both went 2-3 at the plate. Coastal Carolina scored first, but Louisiana scored two runs in the second inning to claim the lead for good.
Mass scored one run with a grounder and team-leading third RBI of the series. The Ragin’ Cajuns also scored in the fifth inning off a sacrifice bunt by Dalton, and in the sixth inning from a solo homer by Chaumont. This was Chaumont’s fourth home run of the season, a record for the team. With this win, the Cajuns picked up their 38th consecutive Sun Belt Conference series victory, starting in 2013. Louisiana ended the games with a 14-6 overall record, and a 2-1 conference record. Ranked No. 20, Louisiana will return home for a series of four games beginning March 15 at 6 p.m. against Florida International University. Following this game, the Cajuns will play Appalachian State for the first Sun Belt Conference home game at 2 p.m. March 17.
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Guard Jacob Broussard recalls journey to the Cajundome Aaron Gonsoulin firstname.lastname@example.org It’s late at night, and the Cajundome is quiet; Louisiana basketball guard Jacob Broussard is the last one in the gym, practicing, focused and determined to continue a dream he never really thought was possible. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play here,” Broussard said. “My entire life I would come to games when I was super little, so yeah. It’s just a dream to play in
the Cajundome in general.” A Lafayette Christian Academy product, Broussard is now a business management major with the hope to one day become a basketball coach. Graduating from high school, however, he was a meager 5-foot-10-inch 170-pound guard, and said he wasn’t given much of a chance to play at the collegiate level because of his stature. “Out of high school, I didn’t have any Division 1 offers,” he said. “So I went to Division 3 at Centenary and I was playing about 20 minutes a game.”
Louisiana golf struggles at Border Olympics Tournament, places 13th Justin Vlosich email@example.com The Ragin’ Cajuns golf team traveled to Laredo, Texas, this past weekend to compete in the Border Olympics Tournament. Louisiana finished the tournament tied for 13th with New Mexico State and Stephen F. Austin State University. All three schools finished with a score of +8. Although Louisiana struggled in the tournament. The team has a lot to look forward to. The team is young and inexperienced, which is likely the reason for the poor finish in the tournament. Despite their early struggles, Louisiana posted their lowest final round this season. The best performing schools of the tournament were Campbell University with a score of -21; Arkansas State, with a score of -19; and a tie for third between Sam Houston State and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, with a scores of -9. Louisiana had five golfers participate in the tournament: Jack Tolson, Triston Elston, Cole Kendrick, Bjorn Gudjonsson and Peter Hinnant. Sophomore Tolson finished the Border Olympics tied for 21st. In his first two rounds, he scored 74 and 72. He finished his final round with a career best 68, which was four under par, with a total 214. Tolson had five birdies and only one blemish on his card, and he played the final nine holes completely mistake-free. This
impressive final round bumped him up 22 spots to the 21st place finish. This was Tolson’s fourth career top 25 finish, and it is also his second straight this season. Tolson finished the tournament with a score of -2. The next best finisher for the Ragin’ Cajuns was Elston. Elston finished the tournament at par, which was 216 and qualified him for a tie for 33rd place. He scored 73 in the first round, 72 in the second and 71 in the final round. Freshman Cole Kendrick was the next best finisher for Louisiana, finishing in a tie for 56th. Hed scored 75 in the first round, 76 in the second and 69 in the final round. His final score was 220, four above par. His final round moved him up 27 spots on the leaderboard, giving him his 56thplace finish. Kendrick had five birdies and played the last 11 holes mistakefree. Sixty-nine was his first career round in the 60s, and it was enough to get him recognized for his performance. Gudjonsson finished 87th, posting rounds of 78, 78 and 72. His final score was 228, 12 above par. Hinnant was Louisiana’s final finisher. He posted scores of 77 in the first round, 73 in the second and a rough 82 in the final round. His total was 232, 16 above par. Hinnant finished 94th in the tournament. Louisiana will travel to San Antonio to compete in the Lone Star Invitational on March 19-20 at the Briggs Ranch Golf Course.
Centenary College of Louisiana, a small private school in Shreveport, is where Broussard played, but to him, it wasn’t home. “It just wasn’t the right fit,” he said. The smallest player on the Ragin’ Cajuns basketball team still had the biggest dreams. Before the start of his sophomore season, Broussard said he called Ragin’ Cajun Head Basketball Coach Bob Marlin about the possibility of joining the team as a walk-on. The boyhood dream was realized when Marlin allowed Broussard to join the team as a walk-on, but it was a difficult start. “My sophomore year, I remember telling my mom, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’ You know, because you’re putting in a lot of work,” Broussard said. “As a walkon, you gotta fight. I would go to the gym at night and shoot, so I put in a lot of work.” He opined being a walk-on is difficult because of the extra work you have to put in on a nightly basis, along with a diminished role on the team in terms of
shots and playing time. One of Broussard’s favorite teammates, Mason Aucoin, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering, said he knows the struggle Broussard’s been through. “We have a special bond with us both being walk-ons,” Aucoin said. “We know the fight we had to go through to prove ourselves.” Aucoin said he can see the determination in Broussard’s eyes, who works as hard as any Ragin’ Cajun. “He shoots more jumpers than probably anybody on the team,” Aucoin added. Broussard said the journey was tough, but worth it, and given the chance, he’d do things differently. “I definitely say it was worth it. If I had to start all over again, I would start at UL if I had the chance,” Broussard said. He added he wants to finish his legacy as a Ragin’ Cajun the same way he started: as a hard worker.
Tennis teams face mixed results during their past week of play Louis Prejean firstname.lastname@example.org The Louisiana men’s and women’s tennis teams faced mixed results over the past week of competition. The men’s team have now won two straight matches after their successful week. The Ragin’ Cajuns men’s tennis team won 4-1 on March 10 against the University of Southern Mississippi. The men’s team swept all three doubles matches and won all but one singles match, in which Jamie Fraser lost to Southern Miss’ Jorman Reyes. Louisiana followed up their win over Southern Miss with a 5-2 victory over the University of New Orleans on March 11 to bring their overall record to 13-8. Next up for the men’s tennis team is a home match against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on March 16. The Louisiana women’s team lost 4-3 to the University of Southern Mississippi
on March 6. Senior Kelly Drew and sophomore Marina Rodriguez Garcia defeated the Southern Miss tandem of Tanit Lopez Lopez and Anastasia Cobanovic for Louisiana’s one doubles win. The three singles wins for the Ragin’ Cajuns were courtesy of Drew defeating Arina Amaning in two sets, senior Elena Sava beating Lopez Lopez in two sets and Garcia earning a win over Claudia Castella. Louisiana swept their doubleheader against Prairie View A&M University. The Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Prairie View A&M 4-0 in both matchups on March 10. Their next opponent was No. 69 University of Houston on March 11. The Ragin’ Cajuns fell 4-0 against Houston to move to 10-6 on the season. The Louisiana women’s tennis team will take on Jackson State University on March 20 followed by matchups against Texas State University on March 24 and the University of Louisiana at Monroe on March 25.
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Playing pétanque: French pastime requires skill, concentration, technique and a little bit of wine Sarah Courville email@example.com TSSSST! Beer cans are cracking open, laughter is echoing through the trees and the French language is escaping the lips of participants gathered around the pétanque courts of Lafayette’s Girard Park. Last weekend, March 9-11, was the 10th Annual International Lafayette Pétanque Tournament. Every year the tournament beckons pétanque players, ranging from beginners to the most prestigious. Some traveled from France, others from a much closer address. Despite whether they traveled by plane, foot or car, the total mileage doesn’t seem to impact the bond they all share. “This is the first year I’m going to say this,” said Mike LeBlanc, the organizer of the tournament, as he laughed. “No trash talking!” The yearly partakers all laughed and snapped back at LeBlanc like a group of 30-something siblings. “No trash talking?” “I want my money back!” The unity of their laughs seemed almost melodic, as if they were all connected by something deeper than just the game of pétanque. Whether someone had been coming for years, or they were a first-timer, there was no grandiloquence and no tension, just love for each other and their beloved game. Although the pétanque tournament would usually begin the Saturday morning after a fun-filled Friday night to open the event, the rain decided to postpone the tournament until Sunday. Even after a rain-filled Saturday, the pétanque enthusiasts arrived to the park at 8:30 a.m., like children on Christmas morning. As the competitors began warming up, Rudy Vallée, a member of the Nelson Ranch Pétanque Club in Austin, Texas, passed around his enticing homemade rum cake. The first tournament was initiated in 2009 by Colin Castille, a Lafayette
Photo by Haoua Amadou/The Vermilion A group plays a game of pétanque, a popular outdoor game in Europe similar to horseshoes, downtown at Feed and Seed. A set of courts is located on campus in Girard Park. denizen, who is also recognized as the man behind the pétanque court construction in Girard Park. “My wife is from France and she introduced me to the game,” Castille said. “You need a court to play and I didn’t have any room in my yard to put a court. So I asked Girard Park if I could build the courts here, and they said yes. So I built the courts, but nobody would play. There was nobody playing because nobody knew the game. It was just me out here.” That’s when Castille decided to have a tournament to draw more people to the game and his court. “I really didn’t even know the exact rules when I wanted to start the tournament,” he admitted. “So I emailed Obut, the company that makes the pétanque playing balls, and said ‘Can you give me the rules? I’m having a tournament.’” After Castille reached out to Obut, the company responded and said it would send someone to Lafayette to help him run the tournament. Obut didn’t send just anyone, however, it sent 12-time world champion, Bernard Champey. “I talked to this man on the phone
who was going to come and he asked if he could stay at my house and I said yes,” Castille continued. “So he comes and we became really good friends. I called Obut again and said, ‘Hey thanks so much for sending that guy. He’s really nice, and man, he is an unbelievable player.’ And the guy at Obut said, ‘Well he was the world champion for 12 years.’ But he never once mentioned that to me.” After Champey taught Castille the ropes of running an efficient tournament, the attendance the following years grew steadily. Five oak trees surround the court made of crushed granite mixed with clay and slathered over pea gravel, surrounded by rot-treated lumber that makes up the perimeter of the playing courts. Castille explained the game as “very similar to Bacci.” The baseball-sized metal balls weigh roughly one to one and a half pounds, and the target, called the cochonet or “piglet” in French, is between 12 and 30 feet away. The goal is to throw the ball as close to the cochonet as possible, getting closer than your opponent. “Now, if your opponent throws the
ball and it’s on the cochonet, you have no other option than to move his ball out of the way,” Castille said. “That’s what Bernard is the best at. He can hit a mosquito 50 yards away. I mean, the guy is incredible. I don’t know how he does it.” The players’ fingers wrap around the steel ball and their eyes lock in on the target. They bend their knees, as they swing back their arm. The crowd is silent as the ball is released from a player’s hand and travels toward the target on the crushed granite court. “You can play in flip flops and (with) a beer in your hand,” said Deborah Amy, the tournament’s registrar. Thierry Amisse, a member of the French Legation Club from Austin, however, seems to take it a little further than that. Standing barefoot on the crushed granite court, wearing a pair of traditional auburn pétanque pants, Amisse seems to have a savoir faire like no other. As Amisse prepares to throw out his chrome boule, he slowly bends his knees, lowering his chest toward them. His right arm, holding the boule, slowly travels backward while his left arm moves up laterally, with his wrist facing the granite and his fingers pointed toward the shady oaks, resembling a karate move. “It’s 30 percent skill, 30 percent is concentration and the other 30 percent is technique,” said Amisse. And for the remaining 10 percent? “Oh, that’s used to drink wine,” responded Amisse, as he raised his eyebrows. Although the contestants had their game-faces on during the midst of the competition, the milieu of the tournament exuded magnanimity. When the final games came to an end, players embraced and congratulated each other on giving their best effort.
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We must destroy ‘the closet’ to be accepting C.L. Quebedeaux firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Jackson said it best: “They don’t really care about us.” The United States of America was built on a system for white people to benefit from. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are rights that came to African Americans relatively recently. The 13th Amendment was ratified in 1865, abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude, “except as punishment for a crime.” (Keep in mind that the language has remained the same: “slavery” and “involuntary servitude” are still legal in this form.) Even after the 13th Amendment, we see the introduction of the Jim Crow laws after the Supreme Court famously ruled “separate but equal” in Plessy v. Ferguson. The only ruling was overturned in 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. From the time the first settlers arrived
in North America in 1619, they have gained wealth from the backs of enslaved people. That’s 246 years of of slave labor, passing down slaves, property and wealth from generation to generation. By the time slavery ended, white people were far ahead in all aspects. Some families were set for life, especially in Louisiana, where plantations became the largest source of income. This is one aspect that goes into white privilege. That, coupled with widespread racism and having connections to people in power will land you a great deal of benefits. With that being said, there is no denying that racism would be a lingering stain on the U.S. Racists have never gone away, they’ve just been more covert. Over the weekend, HuffingtonPost accused Dayanna Volitich, a 25-yearold social studies teacher at Crystal River Middle School in Florida, of hosting a white nationalist podcast called “Unapologetic.” She used the pseudonym
“Tiana Dalichov,” bragging about how she taught her views in school. It was discovered in her podcasts that she lied to her principal when confronted about injecting her racial views into students, happily reporting that the principal “backed off.” On one episode of the podcast, Volitich agreed with her guests that more white supremacists need to infiltrate public schools and become teachers. The is not the first time, and won’t be the last, we expose white supremacy in schools. On May 25, 2017, Crescent Leadership Academy in New Orleans fired Principal Nicholas Dean after wearing Nazi associated rings in a video. This is why I have been so vocal about how important representation is. It is life changing and integral for the success of people of color. What about the kids that Volitich were teaching? How much did she fill their head with ignorant ideology? Will they hold onto it and bring
that hatred out into the world? How many non-white children were always looked at as an “other” by someone responsible for their education and well-being? As for that principal, how many kids of color were punished at disportionate rates? These aren’t just our teachers, they are our judges, our mayors, governors and representatives. Their ideologies influence the policies they make. Under 45, a lot of these people feel empowered to express their beliefs, and the current political climate is allowing them to. Roy Moore, accused of sexually assaulting minors, actually had a chance to win in Alabama. Arthur Jones, an outspoken white nationalist and Holocaust denier, is running for Congress.
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Store regulations spark debate on 2nd Amendment, business rights André Dubois IV email@example.com A conservative conundrum: which is more sovereign, the Second Amendment or rights of businesses? Following the Parkland shooting, some of the large firearm dealers like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart have increased the required age to purchase firearms to 21. Previously (and currently in Louisiana) one must be 18 to purchase a shotgun or rifle and 21 to purchase handguns. This age increase has bothered many people between the ages of 18 and 21 who may have been expecting to buy from these stores. The most popular complaint thus far has culminated into a lawsuit against DICK’s and Walmart for refusing to sell a rifle to a 20-year-old in Oregon. The suit claims that both retailers are unlawfully discriminating against the man because of his age. The decision in Oregon is up for the courts (or a settlement) to decide. This suit does open up discussion on whether or not businesses should be allowed to make these changes. On one hand, the Second Amendment should be very reasonably unrestricted. Gun control measures that are in place today (and that are conducted properly) keep many citizens from purchasing firearms legally. And on the other hand, businesses should have the right to discriminate who they conduct business with and deal with the consequences by loss of revenue. Decisions these organizations make will always reflect a positive or negative change, which is subjective to each individual. The good thing about a free market
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is the aspect of competition, which, along with actual consumer choices, mold the market to the most popular and efficient use of resources. In most, if not all, parts of the country, there are several small businesses for every big box store selling similar items. In this case, Walmart and Dick’s could be helping the local firearm dealers by making these changes. Policy changes similar to the age limit raise will cause backlash against the businesses, but do not inherently infringe on the Second Amendment. So, keeping in mind the local and national competition of Dick’s and Walmart, the Second Amendment is still upheld. The lawsuit, as well as interpretation of the whole situation, should focus on whether businesses should be allowed to discriminate against age, not the right to bear arms. As consumers, we should be taking note of businesses who make big decisions like this so we can choose who we give our business to. Anyone who has or currently works in big box stores can tell you those businesses are focused on making sure customers who walk in the door leave after making purchases. But let’s keep in mind that every American who can legally purchase firearms should be allowed to continue to buy and use for self defense, hunting, target shooting and collections. People who purchase and intend to use firearms should be properly trained in how to safely and properly use the firearm(s) they purchase. A good guy with a gun can be a great defense against a bad guy with a gun, but they are most effective when they have spent time practicing marksmanship as well as gun safety.
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Funeral home court case opens doors for national LGBT equality Dawn Darbonne email@example.com
On March 7, a decisive court ruling was handed down over the debate between religious privileges and gender equality. The case, EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, centers around a transgender woman who presented as male when she was first employed. Her boss fired her for “violating God’s commands” because “a person’s sex is an immutable God-given fit.” The central question here is whether an employer can use religious freedom to fire someone specifically because of their sex and/or gender. A local court had originally decided that yes, employers could, citing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which gives broad protection to religious acts. Upon appeal, however, federal anti-discrimination laws, specifically Title VII, were superior to RFRA. Title VII prohibits punishing or discriminating against someone for not conforming to gender stereotypes (part of the firing revolved around the employee dress code), and it prevents sex discrimination by employers (and firing someone for being transgender involves details about that person’s sex). This is a fantastic victory! It joins an increasing number of cases and rulings that provide protection for LGBT people from sex and gender discrimination. If equality is supposed to be a defining part of our country, then that includes gay and queer people. These people are not looking to destroy or ruin society — they just want to coexist and have jobs, families and hobbies like everyone else. I’ve seen conservative news sources lamenting the decision, saying it unfairly infringes on the employer’s religious freedom. The employer, however, is free to continue hating and condemning gay and transgender people as much as he wants;
he simply cannot use that as a justification to fire someone. The decision says exactly that, with the court writing: “tolerating Stephens’s understanding of her sex and gender identity is not tantamount to supporting it.” Instead, right-wing media is treating this like some harbinger of doom for Christians across the country, which I don’t fully understand. How is treating someone who is different from you a bad thing? How will tolerance and understanding lead to a worse society? Isn’t Christianity supposed to be a religion of love and peace? A more cynical answer is that the American right uses religion as a fig leaf to justify their prejudices and bigotries. And this needs to be weighed against the rates of violence against trans people. Data suggests that trans women “face 4.3 times the risk of becoming homicide victims than the general population of all women” and “transgender people of color were 6 times more likely to experience physical violence from the police, 1.5 times more likely to experience discrimination, 1.5 times more likely to face sexual violence and 1.8 times more likely to experience bias-based violence in shelters.” So if the religious right is sincerely concerned with helping the poor and the suffering, then why are they not working to protect trans men and women from violence? No matter. The courts are consistently finding that protections against sex discrimination include trans people because the root of that prejudice is in ideas about sex and gender. LGBTQ people just want to live peacefully and equally without fear of violence or retribution. Court rulings like EEOC v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes will help turn that desire into reality. Follow the Vermilion on Twitter @TheVermilion for more updates
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Stress, anger silent killers in the African American community Elliot Wade firstname.lastname@example.org The black community is often praised for its strength and perseverance. We deserve it! We’ve managed to survive and thrive with enormous obstacles in our way. We’ve passed down to each generation the core belief that all we need is strength to go on. We don’t have to be strong all the time, though, and pretending to be is killing us. Toxic emotions and thoughts have physical consequences for our bodies. Stress and anger are the worst. Feeling them isn’t what’s bad; these are necessary for getting us out of situations that endanger us. Prolonging them is where trouble arises. When we experience anger and stress, adrenaline (epinephrine and norephrine) and cortisol are released. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases glucose in the bloodstream. What is especially worrying about cortisol
is that it curbs functions that would be non-essential in a fight-or flight situation. Cortisol alters immune system responses, suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. When stressors are always present, that flight or fight response stays activated and the body’s natural responses are always disrupted. This puts you at increased risk for anxiety, depression, digestive problems, headaches, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain and memory and concentration impairment. So, what’s stressing us out? According to the American Psychological Association, as of 2017, the top five most common stressors Americans face are: the future of our nation, money, work, political climate and violence and crime. If you live in River Ranch with 24-hour security around your gated community and you wear a MAGA hat, you probably aren’t too stressed. Poverty is an underlying factor in all of this. Diet and exercise can help alleviate and even prevent diseases, but who has time and money for the gym and Whole Foods when you have to work two or three jobs
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Pétanque is an extremely interesting sport, however, it is not the sport itself that makes the tournament so interesting, but the people. “Pétanque is like heroin,” said Michael Barney, a professional bagpiper. “After you play one time, that’s it. You’re hooked. It’s crippling addiction.”
To have someone understand where you come from and fight for you has a lasting impact. The same weekend a white supremacist teacher was fired, the charity created in honor Philando Castile paid off the lunch debt for every student in the 56 schools in the St. Paul Public School District, including the school where Castile worked as a cafeteria supervisor before he was fatally shot by a police officer. What we do today can have lasting echoes into tomorrow. Stand up for what is right at all costs; the world depends on it.
Editor’s note: The interviews for this story were conducted in 2017.
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to make ends meet? People often turn to crime when they are desperate. When you are in survival mode, there is no way that you can thrive. A lot of us are in survival mode, keeping that stress ever-present and worsening any ailments we have. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection: Blacks ages 18 to 64 are at higher risk of early death than whites; disparities in the leading causes of death for blacks compared with whites are pronounced by early and middle adulthood, including homicide and chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes; blacks ages 18-34 years and 35-49 years are nine times and five times, respectively, as likely to die from homicide as whites in the same age groups; blacks ages 35-64 are 50 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than whites; blacks ages 18-49 years, are two times as likely to die from heart disease than whites; blacks have the highest death rate for all cancers combined compared with whites. Our culture plays a definite role. Black women are taught to endure everything without complaint and be that “Strong Black Woman.” Black men carry around toxic masculinity with them and
hype up these hypermasculine personas. A lot of us are angry with unchecked trauma, and it’s been normalized. So much stigma in the black community is put on being perceived as “weak,” and in turn, we have stigmatized starting the conversations surrounding mental health and trauma. We only perpetuate the suffering when no one talks about how Uncle So-And-So is a registered sex offender or Auntie Whoever suffers from bipolar disorder. We might not be able to tackle poverty, but what can we do to alleviate some of these feelings to live our best lives? Find a constructive outlet for stress. Consider therapy, in any form. Check in with yourself today, see how you’re feeling and why. Be honest about what you feel. Ask for help when you need it. Stop, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that your situation is only temporary. Is holding on to those five negative minutes worth ruining your mood for the whole day? Take a step back if you need to. You’ll feel better for it.
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What’s the best movie you have seen recently? Brett Beard
“‘Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Citizen Kane.’”
“I gotta go with ‘Black Panther.’ They had a lot of culture issues going on right now.”
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“I don’t go to a whole lot of movies, but I thought the ‘Thor Ragnarok’ movie was really good.”
“Everyone wants me to talk about Wakanda, but it would have to be ‘Hidden Figures.’”
“‘Transformers’ the first one, because I just like Transformers.”
“‘Black Panther.’ I like how it was all African American characters and how it showed black empowerment through the black community.”