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App-solutely everything

History dept., UL app designed to streamline Moodle, Banner services library hosts “teach-in” series

The preview of the app in the Apple app store.

Kailey Broussard The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s self-titled app launched last week in an effort to provide “seamless access to some of the most frequently utilized university systems and accounts,” according to a news release. Powered by Ellucian, the company behind Banner, the app is free to download in the Apple and Google stores. When the app is downloaded onto someone’s smartphone, it will prompt the user to enter his or her ULID. After,

Screenshot in the Apple app store

students can access services such as their Zimbra mail accounts, ULink, Banner Self Service and account statements. Brian Wilkerson, a freshman exercise science major, said although he had not heard about the app, he believed the app would be beneficial for students who may have their smartphone on hand more so than a campus map or address book. “It’s very necessary,” he said. “Many kids don’t keep (information) on them, but everybody keeps their phone on them 24/7.

It will make things really accessible.” The interface is split into categories such as “Campus Information,” which provides the university website’s news feed and university contact list; “My UL Lafayette,” which allows students to access their courses, grades and financial information; and “Tools and Resources,” which sections off into Zimbra, Moodle and ULink. Students can also access their class schedules. The app also provides links to UL Lafayette’s social media, Although the app is designed with students in mind, visitors may download it for expedited access to campus news, as well as an interactive map and mobile tour complete with addresses, images and descriptions of major campus buildings. Students currently must know both their CLID, or a three-letter and fourdigit code, and their ULID, or a one-letter and eight-digit code, to access all of their accounts associated with the university. The app requires only one login prompt to access all services. Visitors do not have to log in to use the campus map or university news features. “Everything’s pretty outlined for you,” commented Torian Veillon, a sophomore business management major. She said she prefers the app to using Safari, the browser installed on her phone. Ellucian’s app was designed to replace the previous app, which the university released in 2010. According to the Apple Store, the old app was last updated in 2015. The app joins a myriad of campusrelated apps such as The Buzz, which is UL Lafayette’s sole College Readership Program service and the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App, which is the UL Lafayette Police Department’s app.

George Clarke Close to 70 students gathered Monday night at Jazzman’s Cafe in the Edith Garland Dupré Library for the first installment in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s history department’s new series of discussions, or “teach-ins,” on controversial issues in history. A five-person panel of faculty members from the Department of History and the Dupré Library spoke to topics addressed in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The instructors addressed how race, gender, income, the “fake news” epidemic and various elements affected the election of President-elect Donald Trump, as well as the historical context of this particular election. The event was modeled on the first “teach-in” in 1965 at the University of Michigan. After facing strong opposition from Michigan’s governor and state legislature in the face of a proposed teachers’ strike to protest the Vietnam War — an act that they stated was a neglection of their responsibilities as teachers and professors — anthropologist Marshall Sahlins developed an alternate idea: instead of taking the teachers “out”, he’d bring them “in,” and hold an all-night series of lectures, debates and films protesting the war. Speakers included D’Weston Haywood, Ph.D., who teaches race and violence in U.S. history; Chad Parker, Ph.D., who teaches 20th Century U.S. political history; Liz Skilton, Ph.D., who teaches 20th Century gender and environmental history; Rich Frankel, Ph.D., who teaches authoritarianism and immigration; and Emily Deal, who teaches information literacy.





NAACP, students adress UL diversity, inclusion issues in forum

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Students listen to the presentation of “The Uncomfortable Truth,” hosted by the UL Lafayette NAACP chapter.

Camille Barnett Students, campus leaders and faculty addressed dissatisfaction with University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s approach toward diversity and addressing sensitive situations at a NAACP-facilitated discussion event on Nov. 21 in the Student Union. UL Lafayette NAACP chapter President Danielle Edwards and Vice President David Cleveland led the discussion. Titled “The Uncomfortable Truth Pt. 2,” the discussion was the second in a series of forums designed to give those who attended the opportunity to speak on questions that were facilitated. About 35 people attended the event. “I want my school to care about me,” said Donna George, a senior and Vice President of UL Lafayette’s Black Student Union. George said she believes the university only cares about her if she says something about an issue first. Derrell Sam, a freshman, said he feels UL Lafayette prides itself on being diverse and accepting, but does not put enough action behind words. Another audience member said he feels minority groups holds more events on campus than the university to educate and promote diversity. Faculty and administration who attended also had the opportunity to respond to students. “We do care. Unfortunately what

I am hearing is that we do a bad job communicating with you all,” said Margarita Perez, dean of students. She said there are lots of behind-the-scenes actions being put in place that the university does not necessarily communicate efficiently. “I hate that you don’t see that,” she said in response to students who said they felt the university did not care about them. Though campus leaders were specifically invited to the event, it was open to all students. The first “Uncomfortable Truth,” which was held Oct. 27, yielded ideas such as the university hosting educational workshops on diversity; the university pushing to showcase cultures other than Cajun culture; mandatory discussions with organizations about racial issues; drafting open letters to university administration; and demanding the university require faculty and staff to attend some type of diversity training. The second event had similar goals as the first; this time, Edwards sent over 100 email invitations to faculty, staff, administration, campus leaders, various organizations and surrounding press. With a combination of student and faculty being present, the follow-up event gave students an opportunity to discuss issues they feel exist at this university directly and face-toface with administration. The event also addressed safety on campus. After chalking surfaced on

campus the day following the election that read things such as “Build the wall” and “F*** your safe space,” Sam said he felt the university did not care about his safety. “A generalized letter via email did nothing for me,” Sam said in response to an email sent out by President Savoie, Ed.D., following the chalking on campus. “I feel threatened.” Cleveland said he was shocked and saddened to learn that the College of Liberal Arts sent out an email to their students directly addressing the chalking but felt the email sent from Savoie did not address the chalking at all. “To be honest, I feel as if the email completely ignored the racially charged tension and issues on campus,” he said. When the time came to propose solutions to the problem, Cleveland suggested a two-to-four-year plan between the university and minority leaders and minority organizations on campus. He suggested for the plan to implement proactivity in truly establishing diversity and inclusion on campus. Perez and Taniecea Mallery, Ph.D., director of equity, diversity and community engagement, responded to Cleveland’s suggestion in stating that a five-year strategic plan does in fact exist that discusses the importance of diversity on campus. This document is accessible on the university’s website. After members and attendees of the meeting further examined the plan, they were not pleased and felt as if the 42-page document only scarcely mentioned diversity. In the few instances that diversity was mentioned in regard to students, the document read “KPI 2: Expand recruitment of high-potential undergraduate and graduate students, which embraces diversity and enhances the university’s image nationally and internationally, in both distance and traditional degree programs.” Those who reviewed the document after the meeting said they felt as if this aimed more to uphold the university’s appearance rather than implementing true diversity and inclusion. Perez said student opinion is paramount to university advancement. She announced the next event, titled “Moving Forward: The Post-Election Community Conversation,” which was held Nov. 29.

November 30, 2016

SGA gives November’s on-campus crime report Devin Cochran Myrionne Joseph, College of Education senator and City/University Safety Program (CUSP) spokeswoman, said there were 97 crimes reported on campus this month on Monday in the final Student Government Association meeting for the fall semester. “A lot of the crimes are caused from fires in the complexes from students, theft, burglary and unlocked cars,” she said. “I think it’s a lack of knowing how to cook, because one of the fires was from chicken grease. Also, just make sure you lock your car doors.” There were no amendments, appropriations, commendations or resolutions passed during the meeting. SGA Meeting on Nov. 21 The SGA announced there will be an interest session for students interested in joining SGA in the spring semester. President Wil Perkins emphasized spreading the word for the event. “Please make announcements to your other organizations,” he stressed. “We really want to increase the participation in elections that we’ve dropped in the past few years. We’ll be putting the word out on Twitter.” Also at the meeting, Kristopher Harrison, Liberal Arts senator, announced a new monthly speaking series coming to campus in the spring to “increase public dialogue.” “We feel like the issues should be controversial because it will get a lot of students to come,” Harrison said, “but we also feel like the panelists should be very respectful to each other — which they will. In that way, students will leave being more educated on the issue and learn how to respectfully engage in discourse with one another.” Harrison gave the monthly topics for the spring semester, saying the January topics will be TOPS and immigration.


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In February, the panel will discuss race relations in the country; in March the topic will be anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights. Finally, in April, they will discuss Islamophobia. “We want the student body to know that SGA is behind open-minded conversation(s) as long as they stay respectful,” he said. A commendation for the Men’s Soccer club was passed after SGA Judicial Branch Chief Justice Katherine Hutton noted it was not passed during last week’s meeting. The Men’s Soccer club received a regional bid to the NIRSA Championship Series. The team was also one of only two club teams from Louisiana that received an invitation. This is the fourth consecutive year the team received the invitation. Appropriation 63, a banquet request, was also passed to help fund the International Student Council’s Skate Night event, which was held on Nov. 17. According to SGA Treasurer Thomas Schumacher, 293 students attended the event.


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Nov. 26

Officers verbally banned a non-student who was found on the roof of the Cox Communications building at 200 Reinhardt St. at 5:20 p.m.

Nov. 25

A driver reported their car was broken into at 9:48 a.m. at Legacy Park Apartments. Police found no instances of forced entry and believed the vehicle was left unsecured. Police are investigating an alleged burglary at the UL Lafayette Bookstore at 210 E. St. Mary Boulevard at 4:12 a.m. After Acadian Total Security reported the alarm, officers were dispatched to the store and found the front-door glass shattered and merchandise stolen. Officers collected cotton swabs from the cooler, a brick paver used to break the glass, six bags of M&Ms and three Monster energy drink cans. ULPD is investigating a burglary that took place at 11:16 a.m. in the parking lot of Cajun Village Apartments. The vehicle is believed to have been unsecured overnight, and a portable GPS was stolen. Police obtained fingerprints from the vehicle’s exterior for analysis. The case is suspended while the crime lab analyzes the prints.


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Nov. 24

Officers referred a student to Student Rights and Responsibilities after they detected marijuana-like odors coming from where the suspect was sitting around the Rose Garden area. Police were unable to locate any drug paraphernalia.

Nov. 23

Kim Kennedy, 42, of Lafayette, and Fabian Strauss, 20, of Opelousas, were arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for unauthorized use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and access devices.

Nov. 20

University of Louisiana at Lafayette police officers referred a Baker Hall resident to Student Rights and Responsibilities at 6:14 p.m. after detecting odors consistent with marijuana coming from the resident’s room on the fourth floor. Corey Lindon, 34, from Lafayette, was arrested on charges of theft and possession of Schedule II narcotics. After receiving reports of a stolen bicycle, ULPD found Lindon with the bicycle as well as cable cutters. He admitted to stealing the bicycle, and was found to be in possession of Schedule II narcotics. Lindon was transferred to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.

Nov. 16

Maxwell Kempf, 17, of Lafayette; Nicholas Beckford, 18, of Youngsville; Javon Burke, 17, of Lafayette; and Jordan Norwood, 21, of Broussard, were arrested and booked into LPCC at 9:58 a.m. on charges for burglarizing Cajun Field. At 2:19 a.m., police found Beckford and Kempf inside Cajun Field. They were arrested and booked on charges of unauthorized entry of a business. Officers were later called when a suspect’s mother found items in his car that she believed to have been stolen from Cajun Field.

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outreach program to Lafayette Julie DeVenoge A University of Louisiana at Lafayette student is looking to bring change to the Lafayette community with a movement he created called, “Sell Hope Not Dope.” Originally from Georgia, John Vaughn is a 24-year-old transfer student studying petroleum engineering. After growing up in an inner-city environment filled with drug use and violence, Vaughn found himself making problematic choices and spending his time with the wrong people. When he put his troublesome past life behind him in 2013, he started thinking about how he could make a difference in the lives of children who were facing the types of issues he had faced. “Some of the youth in Atlanta are so troubled and lost,” Vaughn said, “so ‘Sell Hope Not Dope’ was a movement I came up with to recognize those kids who are actually dealing with drug problems — those kids who are faced everyday with gang involvement or gun violence. “The original goal of ‘Sell Hope Not Dope’ was to get those kids to see life in another way, to share with them my experience and outlook and to lead them away from the negative choices they make,” he elaborated. Since its beginning, Vaughn and his “Sell Hope Not Dope” team have done multiple giveaways in Atlanta, including a back-to-school giveaway for the residents of the Allen Temple apartment complex. Additionally, Vaughn has organized holiday giveaways with the help of South Carolina State Alumni, who overall donated more than 200 gifts for children in need. He also enlists the help of his influential entertainment friends, such as comedians Mike Epps and DC Young Fly, as well as music artist Hot Boy Turk. “Having the help of rappers and

comedians, it always helps the kids to stay motivated, and it shows them that there are other options out there,” explained Vaughn. In the next few months, Vaughn said he hopes to get the Lafayette community involved with his work — especially UL Lafayette students. Vaughn said he plans on working with students from schools like Lafayette High School, Paul Breaux Middle School and Prairie Elementary School. He intends to reach hundreds of students across Lafayette through large group talks, but he also aspires to work one-on-one with children exhibiting behavioral problems. “I want to work closely with some of the more at-risk kids who are already acting out,” Vaughn explained. “I feel like I can help guide them, and I think they would be able to relate their lives to mine and see that it is possible to change and rise above circumstances.” In addition to speaking with local schools and working with students oneon-one, Vaughn said he plans to start a toy drive in January or February. The toy drive will benefit at-risk children in the Lafayette area. Vaughn said he plans on meeting with different student organizations around campus, including Greek life, and asking for help with donating or distributing toys to the children in need. “The best part of all of this is to see the actual change in individual kids,” Vaughn said. “Instead of wanting to do drugs or act violently, they begin to have hope and aspirations, they begin to think outside the box and they begin to believe that they can be something other than what their environment around them suggests.” Students interested in getting involved with “Sell Hope Not Dope” can email Vaughn at

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Vermilion to expand online, social media presence

Kailey Broussard In the coming weeks and semester, the Vermilion’s website will be rebuilt, restructured and reorganized to better reflect the vibrant personalities and eclectic events that surround the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Our website’s “features” section has been renamed “Tout le Reste,” as well as found its new home under “Arts and Entertainment.” “Student Voices” incorporates the opinionated voices of our students. The opinion section is the destination for editorials, letters to the editor and opinion pieces submitted by concerned or impassioned students. We’re always changing — for better or for worse. When I began work at the Vermilion as a staff writer who covered mostly library-related stories, TLR was filled to the page border with general event coverage and features, political columns teemed with scathing analyses from both sides of the political section and our multimedia journalism section was merely a fever dream. When I took over the web section, political columns were scant, TLR was yesterday’s news (pun intended) and we stood on the precipice of a new website and Snapchat account. As we reintroduce our political section and add more columnists’ voices into our eclectic and all-encompassing A&E section, we’re ready to welcome the next level of user interaction. This includes more videos, more interactive graphs and more photos in our stories. After the last final ends Friday afternoon, we will begin implementing serious changes to our systems, we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. More importantly, we want to hear from you. At the end of the day, we’re a bunch of students operating mainly on our own. If you have a friend, classmate or colleague who is doing things around campus, we want to showcase their work. Reach out to us on Facebook or via vermilion.ul@


November 30, 2016, and don’t be afraid to visit us at 1306 Johnston St. between Café Chi Alpha and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. There is always something happening in this little-big town, whether on campus or along the slowly-but-surely developing Rue Jefferson. In your classes sits at least one artist, musician, manager, content creator — the list goes on. We want to cover it all, with as much space on the website — if not more — as print allows. In the coming months, expect a separate landing page for Arts and Entertainment, which will encompass student profiles, band profiles, our columnists’ work and much, much more. As far as long-term goals, we are talking about an app for students. I know what you’re thinking: We already have a myriad of apps for the university and The Buzz. But as long as there is an app that pairs Vermilion articles with university “news releases,” there will be an app that is more focused on bringing news that isn’t opinionated, as well as opinion pieces (written by our own peers as opposed to USA TODAY College) clearly labeled as such. Expect us coming to you in the form of Facebook Live videos, Snapchats, Periscopes, Twitter updates and Instagram posts in higher volume. It’s time for everyone to take pride in ownership of our university — owning our accomplishments, owning our mistakes and everything that falls in between. Our mission stands as strong as ever: To be the voice of students and keep them informed of events, news and people making positive change. We’re here to report the good, the bad and the ugly that is Ragin’ Cajun territory. However, we’re also here to highlight the people, the places and the student-run services that are making UL Lafayette better each academic year. We’ve been here for more than a century, and we don’t plan on going anywhere.




U.S. Senate

Information compiled by students in the Advanced Reporting course.

Information compiled by students in the Advanced Reporting course.

The Dec. 10 runoff features Republicans Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins as they vie to represent Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Angelle and Higgins are running for a two-year term as one of Louisiana’s six representatives, replacing U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate. Boustany was first elected in 2004. The 3rd Congressional District encompasses Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Lafayette, Jefferson Davis, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes and a portion of St. Landry Parish.

Experts say the Dec. 10 senatorial runoff between Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell won’t be a close race. The candidates will replace current U.S. Sen. David Vitter and fill the last open Senate seat following a Republican-led election season. Vitter decided not to run for reelection after being defeated in last year’s gubernatorial race. Ryan Teten, Ph.D., and Pearson Cross, Ph.D., both political science professors at the Univeristy of Louisiana at Lafayette, agree Kennedy should win this election easily because Campbell is a Democrat.

Photo from Facebook NAME: Scott Angelle AGE: 54 PARTY: Republican PROFESSION: Petroleum land management HOMETOWN: Breaux Bridge EDUCATION: B.S. in petroleum land management from the then-University of Southwestern Louisiana Ashley Roy, a senior biology major from Lafayette, said she will vote for Angelle precisely because he has more experience. “I think he has seen more closely how government works and can work with other officials who may or may not have the same views,” she said. Duke Daigle, a senior political science and public relations double major from Crowley, works as an intern under Angelle. “He wasn’t the typical politician type,” Daigle said. “He was a working, everyday man. He remembered my name ever since we met, which means a lot. He’s a local from Breaux Bridge, and he loves his community.”

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NAME: Clay Higgins AGE: 55 PARTY: Republican PROFESSION: Law enforcement HOMETOWN: Opelousas; now lives in Lafayette EDUCATION: Attended Louisiana State University

NAME: John Kennedy AGE: 65 PARTY: Republican PROFESSION: Louisiana state treasurer since 2000 HOMETOWN: Baton Rouge EDUCATION:bachelor’s degree in political science from Vanderbilt University; law degree from University of Virginia; bachelor of civil law from University of Oxford in England.

NAME: Foster Campbell AGE: 69 PARTY: Democrat PROFESSION: public service commissioner; former state senator; owns two insurance agencies in Bossier City HOMETOWN: Shreveport EDUCATION: Northwestern State University

Austin Degeytair, junior industrial technology major from Lafayette, said he voted for Higgins in the primary and will again in the runoff. “He really believes in justice, and I really believe that he’s a man who can get things done,” Degeytair said. He added what mainly stood out to him about Higgins was that “he’s just a good Christian man” with good morals. Samantha Broussard, a sophomore pre-law major from Lafayette, said she likes Higgins because he is “very transparent.” “What you see is what you get,” she said. “I feel like he’s an actual American who doesn’t like the way things are going and he wants to fix things.”

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“He’s hard to gauge politically because he seems to calibrate his message for the audience he’s talking to,” Cross said. Cross said Kennedy is running on a common theme in Louisiana politics: A conservative Republican who wants to “clean up Washington.” Cross added he wasn’t surprised Rep. Charles Boustany, a forerunner in the race, did not make the runoff. He said Boustany “got caught up in a numbers game.” “That was the best thing that could’ve happened to Kennedy, was Boustany not making it,” Teten said.

“Foster’s always been a rabblerousing populist from North Louisiana, in the mold of Huey Long,” Cross said. Cross said Campbell is not seen as “the future of the Democratic Party” and that’s why the national party probably won’t make much effort to fund him. He said Campbell represents an older style of Louisiana politician. “Foster is going to get destroyed,” Teten said. Teten said because both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are dominated by Republicans this election cycle, the Democratic Party won’t spend much money to support a candidate in a majority Republican state.

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November’s turmoil turns to success Cajuns one win away from bowl eligibility


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continued from page 6 Nov. 8 Trump Elected President

Nov. 10 Cajuns defeat Georgia Southern

Nov. 11 Hudspeth apologizes for comments Nov. 16

Nov. 10 Hudspeth comments on Trump song Nov. 19 Cajuns lose to Georgia

Nov. 22 Farmer resigns as Athletic Director Nov. 23 Sun Belt recognizes “Louisiana” branding

Nov. 23

Despite the cries for change in the front office and coaching staff of the Cajuns’ athletics program and football team, head coach Mark Hudspeth and the Cajuns quietly won two of their last three games, putting the team one win away from bowl eligibility. It couldn’t have been scripted any better. Early November The Cajuns had just returned from San Marcos, Texas, and a dominating win over Texas State, snapping a three-game losing streak that included a disappointing double-overtime loss to the New Mexico State Aggies, who are now 3-8. The Cajuns improved to 3-4 for the season at the time. It was not an ideal

record, but it was clear coming into the season that quarterback Anthony Jennings was going to need some time to learn the offense. Homecoming week against Idaho proved the offense hadn’t quite found its groove. Since joining the Sun Belt Conference in 2014, Idaho has been one of the bottomtier teams, but this season, the Vandals flipped a switch. Before the homecoming game, the Vandals were 4-4, so it wasn’t clear yet if they were the real deal. (Since their win over the Cajuns, the Vandals have won out and improved to 7-4.) The 3-5 start to the Cajuns’ season led some fans to begin calling for Hudspeth’s head a bit prematurely. With four games remaining on the schedule, including Sun Belt-elite Georgia Southern and Arkansas State, and the

SEC’s Georgia, going 2-2 in those four games would land the Cajuns with five wins. This would be an improvement from last season, but nowhere near the eight-win bar Hudspeth had silently set for the team, but five wins wouldn’t come easy. Trump song sparks controversy About 126 million people returned from the voting polls to await the results of the presidential election on Nov. 8. Late that night, it became clear Donald Trump would be the next U.S. president. Soon after, a video surfaced of multiple Ragin’ Cajuns football players singing and dancing to “FDT ‘(F*** Donald Trump),’” by YG & Nipsey Hussle. Two days later, the Cajuns’ victory against Georgia Southern was superseded by comments Hudspeth made to a reporter after the game regarding the video.

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“It’s also disappointing that so many people have vilified a few 19-yearolds making some immature decisions,” Hudspeth said to the reporter, “and then they were the same ones that voted for someone that has done much worse, by grabbing a female in the private areas, for the office of the (President of the) United States of America.” Cajuns fans used social media to express their distaste for Hudspeth’s comments; some fans even vowed to stop supporting the football team. A day later, Hudspeth apologized for his initial response. “I apologize to our alumni, fans, supporters and the university, who deserve more responsible behavior from our


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November 2016 Timeline for Cajuns’ football Nov. 5 Cajuns lose to Idaho

Cajuns’ receiver Al Riles shakes the hands of Idaho players following the teams’ Nov. 5 matchup.


Nov. 26 Cajuns defeat Arkansas State Nov. 30

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student-athletes,” Hudspeth said. “I regret my response to a reporter’s question after last night’s game that may have offended some voters in the recent election.” Even though the Cajuns picked up a win, Hudspeth was in the hot seat. Farmer resigns, “Louisiana” recognized by Sun Belt The Cajuns’ “money game” against Georgia on Nov. 10 was sandwiched between two dire conference games against Georgia Southern and Arkansas State. The Cajuns’ loss to Georgia wasn’t much of a surprise and didn’t create too much noise. The real action began the following Tuesday when Scott Farmer resigned from his post as UL Lafayette athletic director. University President Joseph Savoie, Ed.D., said the decision had no correlation to the Trump video. Savoie announced Deputy Director Jessica Leger, Ph.D. would be the interim athletic director. Former Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden, who led a study on UL Lafayette’s athletic department last year, will assist Savoie in his search for the university’s next athletic director. The very next day, the Sun Belt Conference announced it would recognize the athletic branding efforts made by the

Cajuns to be called the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Cajuns upset Arkansas State Prior to the win over Arkansas State, the Cajuns were two games away from bowl eligibility with two games remaining on their schedule and winning out would not prove to be an easy feat. The Cajuns’ opponent, Arkansas State, had won six straight games and were undefeated in the Sun Belt at that point. The Cajuns were hanging on, though. With just under three minutes remaining in the game, the Cajuns were up 24-19. Arkansas State started its drive at its own 20-yard line. After using all but nine seconds of the game clock to drive down the field, the Red Wolves were faced with a 4th-and-10 at UL Lafayette’s 11-yard line. The next play was called a touchdown run from quarterback Justice Hansen, but after reviewing the play, the touchdown was reversed, and the Cajuns took over with two seconds on the clock. A kneeldown to run out the clock kept the Cajuns’ bowl hopes intact. The only thing stopping the Cajuns from bowl eligibility now is a three hour trek up I-49 to play their rivals: the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

Sports VERMILION Farmer steps down as athletic director, accepts full-time faculty position at UL



November 30, 2016

Cajuns’ rebranding spells positive change for team Derek VanAllen

Garrett Ohlmeyer University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Scott Farmer announced his resignation as athletic director at noon on Nov. 22, and said he will be accepting a full-time faculty position in the school of Kinesiology. “I am truly excited for the opportunity to transfer my practical knowledge learned on the job to the academic arena,” Farmer said. “The opportunity to continue to advance the athletic administration profession through teaching, writing and research is one that I had always hoped to do.” UL Lafayette President Joseph Savoie, Ed.D., announced Deputy Director Jessica Leger, Ph.D., will be the interim athletic director and former Missouri athletic director Mike Alden will serve as a consultant in the search for a replacement. Last year, Alden led a consulting group that studied UL Lafayette’s athletic department and made recommendations to

Photo by Savoie regarding changes in certain areas such as marketing. “The Alden report was revealing in many ways,” Savoie explained. “It had practical solutions.” During Farmer’s tenure, the athletic budget more than doubled. He was responsible for the approximately $115 million athletic facilities master plan that included the Athletic Performance Center, new locker rooms and the addition of end zone seating at Cajun Field. The master plan also includes the transformation of M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field to Russo Park, which has recently undergone delays. At UL Lafayette, Farmer assisted in the signing of head football coach Mark Hudspeth, men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin and women’s basketball coach Garry Brodhead. Farmer was in charge during the 2013-2014 athletic season where the Cajuns claimed conference championships

in a record-setting five sports. Farmer said he believes success does not come from money, it comes from what you do with what you have. He said the Cajuns’ accomplishments over the past few years is a result of “great, great people.” He thanked the coaches and administration at UL Lafayette. “I only wish the athletic world knew how little our coaches had in some areas, then they would fully understand the truly outstanding job our coaches have done,” Farmer said. Farmer became the senior associate athletic director at the UL Lafayette in 2007 and was named athletic director in 2011. Before becoming an administrator at UL Lafayette, he served eight years at Troy University as senior associate athletic director, where he helped the school successfully transition from the FCS to the Sun Belt Conference. He also served as an administrator at Georgia Southern.

The Sun Belt Conference announced its support last Wednesday for The Ragin’ Cajun athletic program’s branding efforts to be known as the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Since 1999, the athletic department, as well as university administration, has been fighting a battle to determine their name. The Cajuns wanted it to be Louisiana, but the conference and other in-state schools wanted them to be LouisianaLafayette or ULL. If you asked any fan of Cajuns athletics, they would say that is was UL or the University of Louisiana. If you take a look at facilities around campus and the athletic program, everything says Louisiana: the uniforms, the end zones on the football field — even the turf behind home plate at M.L “Tigue” Moore Field. The Sun Belt Conference and the university announced the change that Cajun fans and dignitaries have been fighting for for nearly two decades. The sports teams will now be known as Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. On first reference the teams will be called Louisiana, not Lafayette or Louisiana-Lafayette. The official abbreviation also changed, and is now LA. The official recognition of the name Louisiana is the first step in the right direction toward a known brand for the school. If you do a quick Google search of the logo for the Cajuns, tons of different logos will pop up, and all of them are used around the school and athletic facilities. This change can also lead to getting an official mascot, which the Cajuns do not currently have, because the prior mascot, a pepper named, “Cayenne,” was deemed not the school’s official mascot. What is maybe most important is that it starts the process of building a brand that connects the athletic programs with not only the university, but also with the community. The Lafayette community is unique just like the Ragin’ Cajun name, and this is the first step to getting that uniqueness nationally known.

November 30, 2016






Moving forward from a year of political, cultural disarray

Appraising the diamonds in Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic

Dawn Darbonne

George Clarke

What a year this has been. I think everyone can agree it’s been painful and exhausting. First, just look at the notable deaths — the year led off with the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman shortly after. Then: Prince, Muhammad Ali, Nobel Peace Prize winner and holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel; Gene Wilder, Harper Lee (author of “To Kill a Mockingbird”), comedian Garry Shandling, country singer Merle Haggard, singer Leonard Cohen, R2-D2’s actor Kenny Baker, Florence Henderson, matriarch of “The Brady Bunch;” and many, many more. The people we lost this year are cultural titans who defined generations of people. They changed our understanding of race, gender, history, our world and ourselves. They made us cheer, laugh and cry. And they’re gone. Who can replace them? Who will break new ground like they did? Politically, the year was a disaster. The Syrian Civil War is drawing in more belligerents, most notably Russia, siding with the dictator, President Bashar alAssad. The “Brexit” vote, with England deciding to leave the European Union, threatens the post-war order and one of Europe’s longest stretches of peace. The peace deal for Colombia’s civil war was rejected in a popular vote. The refugee crisis is worsening in the Middle East. Across the West, ethnic authoritarian leaders are rising, threatening the liberal democracies that have sustained us for generations. But there were great moments, too. The Olympics were a success, the Cubs won the World Series and Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize. These are moments that brought us together with cause to celebrate and were playful and fun. However, we can’t ignore the tragedies that happened, and we can’t undo them, either. We can’t un-vote for Trump or bring our cultural icons back from the

dead. So what to do? Politically, we’re limited now that they’re in power until the next election. But you can still call your senators and representatives and flood their phone lines to protest. For Lafayette, that’s Sen. David Vitter (337) 993-9502, Sen. Bill Cassidy (337) 261-1400, and Rep. Charles Boustany (337) 235-6322. Calling takes only a few minutes, but it’s more effective than an email or Facebook comment. The website Call to Action (http:// can help if you’re unsure of what to say. (Editor’s note: There will be a Dec. 10 runoff election between Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins for Vitter’s replacement and between John Kennedy and Foster Campbell for Boustany’s replacement.) Socially, the simplest advice is be kind to those who need it. The next four years will be scary. Believe people’s stories when they talk about being discriminated against. Speak up if you see someone being attacked for their gender, race or religion. Use whatever resources you have to help those who might not have the same advantages you do. Donate to national causes. Volunteer with local organizations. Further, there’s the real possibility of an economic downturn in the coming years. The gap between the rich and poor is widening, the middle class is hurting and it’s unlikely our new president will do anything about it except enrich himself. So, we have to defend a society that is willing to look after its poor, its elderly, its veterans and its children. I’ve said before why my favorite holiday is New Year’s Eve. It’s a potluck dinner party among friends, where we end every old year and start every new year together, as friends and almost as family. These are the sorts of connections we’ll need to reinforce in the coming years. This fight for both our democratic norms and basic decency will be exhausting but worthwhile.

By the time you hear the next pop, the funk shall be within you. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars’ third album, is an unabashed and sweaty tribute to the vintage funk and soul of the ‘70s and ‘80s that still maintains a sense of fresh modernity. Following the success of “Uptown Funk,” it makes sense that Mars took this direction and explored in-depth the soul and R&B roots that have always been just under the surface. Firmly rooted in the past, the record is not subtle about its influences — it draws from icons like Prince, Michael Jackson, Cameo and James Brown throughout. As a whole, 24K Magic is more focused and consistent than Mars’ previous releases, adhering to the the path carved by slinking basslines and punchy, sparkling synths. Its predecessors, Unorthodox Jukebox (2012) and Doowops & Hooligans (2010) were both uneven records that defied a coherent sonic landscape. Mars’ refusal to be constricted into a single genre cut both ways in that, while allowing for experimentation outside of the middle-of-the-road pop box that he could have been forced into by his management, made the misses in the catalogue stand out even more so (see the cringing, saccharine “Count on Me” from Doo-wops). Doo-wops & Hooligans was effectively a mixture of all the worst elements of Toto, Train and Maroon 5 and its follow-up was scarcely better, if slightly more intentional in its pursuit of a coherent sound — going from the pulsing violin schlock of opener “Young Girls” to the bloated power balladry of “Gorilla” (essentially a black hole of trash writing) and the bastardized reggae of “Show Me” that harked back to the reggae leanings of its predecessor. Unorthodox Jukebox’s high points came in the form of “Treasure,” the most explicit predecessor of the uptown funk


that Mars would later manifest in his collaboration with Mark Ronson. Mars’ biggest hit to date: “Locked out of Heaven,” a song that almost makes up for its clumsy lyrical attempts with its hiccuping, Dire Straits-influenced verse. 24K Magic’s glossy, colognead-esque album art is a pointer to the self-awareness that makes the record go beyond a derivative homage to the Minneapolis dance club funk scene of the ‘80s. The album suffers mostly in its lyrical department — lines like “activate your sex” from “Perm” and “pick up the phone, ‘cause all this loving needs a home” from “Calling All My Lovelies” are, frankly, clumsy-as-hell (an unfortunately consistent feature in Mars’ catalogue). The titular track hugs tightly to the “Uptown Funk” recipe and ultimately one-ups it with its sheer head-to-thewind funkadelia. “Perm” includes the memorable line “throw some perm on that attitude,” which has already become an everyday phrase for me. I’ve lost a lot of friends because of that and I regret nothing. With its skittering pre-chorus drum fills in the vein of modern trap hits, “That’s What I Like” is the most progressive (and by that I mean “more 21st century”) song on the record. With more hip-hop and R&B-influenced than funk, as is “Straight Up & Down” a kind of sonic hotel lobby meet-cute. “Versace on the Dancefloor” is an understated slow-dance ballad with the guitar solo equivalent of the prom scene in Napoleon Dynamite. The record closes with an obligatory piano-ballad that defies its initial forgetability and builds to a Jacksonian crescendo with surprisingly strong results — due mostly to the “don’t you give up!” back-up vocals. Ultimately, 24K Magic is an enjoyable listen and easily Bruno Mars’ best and most consistent offering to date. Final Grade: B.






November 30, 2016

Congress’ interaction imperative Fidel Castro: Dictator for effective government or revolutionary hero? Kat Read In the U.S., there is a constant struggle for power between the president and Congress. It is laid out in the Constitution that Congress is the only federal governmental body that can write laws. The president is then responsible for enacting those laws. The judicial branch then interprets the constitutionality of the law. The three branches are meant to work cohesively together to have this perfect system of checks and balances. Unfortunately, the process for Congress to draft legislation is rather lengthy and takes a long time. Hopefully, everyone watched “Schoolhouse Rock” as a child and remembers the song, “I’m Just a Bill,” because it is a very accurate representation of how a bill becomes law. A bill starts with an idea from Congress, constituents or interest groups. It takes about two years for a bill to move completely through the process. Why does it take so long? Some political scientists believe the founders created the legislative branch this way to make sure it didn’t supersede the other branches of government. Congress follows basic parliamentary procedure when drafting legislation, so the speaker of the House begins by reading the bill for the first time in the House. Next, the speaker reads the bill for a second time and refers it to a committee for hearings, testimony and amendments. One of the most critical points for the bill is the committee meeting and the subcommittee meeting (which are members of the larger committee who are heavily interested in the legislation). This is where the bill will either move favorably, move favorably as amended, be killed in committee or rescheduled and never heard. Politics play a heavy hand in the committee meetings. If you are a member of Congress and don’t have a good relationship with the speaker, there is a good chance the speaker will refer your bill to a committee that will kill your bill. Congress members also need to make sure they have good relationships with the chairs of each committee because there

Michale Benoit will be plenty of testimony to sway the committee from passing the legislation. After it is heard in committee, the bill moves to the rules committee (only in the House of Representatives). This is where the committee puts a time limit on debates and the number of amendments that can be offered because the House of Representatives is a large body with 435 members. If the bill passes the committee hearings, it is read for a third time and is ready for final passage in the chamber. As the country expanded, Congress gave the president more powers such as cabinet approval, budget and, post-WWII, the president became commander-inchief. Congress declares war (the last war that was declared was WWII), but the president has the authority to send troops into battle. (Congress has tried to pull back the War Powers Resolution of 1972; as commander-in-chief, the president has 60 days to put troops wherever he wants, but if he doesn’t ask Congress to declare war, the troops will retreat in 30 days.) Other ways the president utilizes power is through executive order, which has the same weight of law as a bill passed through Congress. Next is a presidential proclamation, which is essentially to make something a holiday, which evolved into just naming a holiday and both have the weight of law without going through Congress. The only way to stop it is by the Supreme Court ruling it unconstitutional or Congress passing a law that contradicted those orders. Lastly, there is the presidential memorandum, which is another way the president can make law without technically making a new law, which is a new policy of enforcement that the president decides upon. So, who has authority to make and create laws? Well, it’s debatable and it depends on a lot of things. Constitutionally, it should be only Congress that drafts legislation, but the shift in the executive branch’s scope of power has a lot individuals wondering what is happening in the “Grand Ole’ Capitol.”

Nov. 25 marked the death of Fidel Castro, a revolutionary Cuban president whose name is globally recognized. After more than 600 failed assassination attempts, it was ultimately nature that took Castro’s life. Depending on one’s location, Castro is known for fame or for infamy. So the question is: Was Fidel Castro a hero or villain? To inspect this question, one must refer to the Cuban Revolution. After the Spanish-American War’s settlement in the Treaty of Paris of 1898, Spain was forced to give up Cuba, though Cuba did not gain independence. The constraint was a direct result of the Platt Amendment, which essentially gave the U.S. the right to intervene in Cuba’s internal affairs as it pleased. After five years of U.S. military occupation, Cuba had several problematic presidents, but a major turning point arrived with the dictatorial presidency of Gerardo Machado y Morales from 1924 to his forced exile in 1933. Among the forces who overthrew Machado y Morales were Sgt. Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, who eventually became a U.S.-backed military dictator during his second rule as leader of Cuba in 1952 till 1959. Under Batista, Cuba was in shambles. As a neo-colony of the U.S., Cuba was totally dependent on the U.S., which sucked Cuba dry of her natural resources and forced nearly all imports to be directly from the U.S. Adding to this, Cuba was a sanctuary to the mafia, gambling and prostitution; Cuba became a “playground” for the wealthy – many of whom were American. The Cuban Revolution, led by Fidel Castro, his brother Raúl Castro and their dear friend Ernesto “Che” Guevara, led to the overthrowing of the Batista dictatorship, the smashing of mafia activity and the liberation of Cuba’s working class from the elite of the United States. Through a series of agrarian reforms, the nationalization of foreign enterprises and other socialist construction, Fidel and the Cuban people were able to successfully break free from their dependence on the U.S. Quickly countering this, the U.S.

severed diplomatic ties with Cuba and forced an embargo on Cuba in 1960 with a total, according to Cuba, of $1.1 trillion in economic losses. This Cold War Era embargo has been beneficial to neither the U.S. nor Cuba. This leaves us to investigate the effects of the Cuban Revolution and Castro’s rule as president of Cuba. Before the revolution, Cuba’s literacy rate was 60-76 percent; it is now 99.8 percent, and tied for seventh in the world. Life expectancy is 79 years old (approximately that of the U.S.’), infant mortality rate is 4.83 percent (the U.S.’ is around 6 percent), and education is free at all levels. In fact, Cuba is ranked 16th in the world for its education programs by the UNESCO Education for All Development Index while the U.S. is ranked 25th. The unemployment rate is at 2.7 percent, and since 1969, “a total of 325,710 Cuban Health Workers participated in missions in 158 countries,” according to a graphic by TeleSUR. All of these advancements and achievements have been successful in spite of the massive trade embargo imposed by the U.S. against Cuba. Democracy in Cuba is especially interesting, where grassroots electoral systems are especially prominent. Candidates are nominated quite literally by a show of hands at community meetings, and anyone can be nominated for political office. No money is allowed to be spent on promoting candidates, and no political parties (including the Communist Party) are allowed to campaign during elections. When investigating the “evil dictatorship” of Cuba, one must remember the U.S. is home to Native Americans risking their lives to save their sovereign land, the U.S.’ prison system is the largest and encapsulating in the world and the U.S.’ war crimes top charts. Also, although the U.S. has consistently accused Cuba of human rights abuses, it holds a literal torture camp on Cuban territory. As Fidel said himself, “History will absolve me.” Given the above information, it very much has. Long live the Cuban Revolution.

November 30, 2016





Which class are you most concerned about for finals week? Jade Graham

Brandon Abbott


Civil Engineering



“History, because I really suck at history.”

“Probably engineering statics, because it’s either you get it or you don’t.”

Akin Pounds

Mary Dinh

Mechanical Engineering




“Chemistry and Math 109, because I didn’t do any of the homework.”

“Pharmacology, because it’s a lot of drugs and a lot of memorization.”

Shaela Nelson Architecture

Senior “ECON, because I am an art major and not good at looking at numbers and stuff.”

Justin Hebert Pre-Pharmacy

Freshman “Biology 110, because there is a lot to study.”




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