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CALENDAR Monday, 4-16 UPS Recruiter: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. SUB Information Booth

Wednesday, 4-18 CPTP Training: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUB Ballroom E Education Career Day: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ULM Library Lobby, Seminar Room 1 and Banquet Hall ULM Helps “Life Skills:” 3-4 p.m. Student Center Room 170 Northeast Louisiana Horn Ensemble: 7:30-9 p.m. Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall

Thursday, 4-19 Delta Sigma Theta: 6-10 p.m. Brown Gym ULM Orchestra Concert: 7:30-9 p.m. Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall CPTP Training: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUB Ballroom E

Friday, 4-20 Enriching Institute: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUB Ballroom D

Saturday, 4-21 Enriching Institute: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUB Ballroom D Annual All Louisiana Crawfish Boil: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Festival Center ULM Greek Step-Show: 6 p.m. FantEwing Coliseum ULM Wind Ensemble Concert: 7:309 p.m. Brown Auditorium

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U.S. offers $10 Navy jet crash Teen fatally million reward stuns Virginia chokes cousin for terrorist neighborhood while wrestling ISLAMABAD — Pakistan was stung Tuesday by the U.S. State Department’s announcement of a $10 million reward for the capture or conviction of the founder of a Pakistani militant group that allegedly carried out the November 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India’s largest city. The size of the bounty for Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba organization, is on par with what the U.S. is offering for Mullah Mohammad Omar, the leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban. U.S. officials also announced a $2 million reward for information leading to the location of Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, Saeed’s deputy and brother-in-law.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Emergency crews were continuing to search an apartment complex Friday night after a Navy jet crashed into five buildings and left four people with minor injuries. The jet had just taken off from Naval Air Station Oceana at 12:05 p.m. EDT when it crashed into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex near Birdneck Road, Capt. Mark Weisgerber said during a news conference. Weisgerber, representing Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic at Oceana, said an initial investigation indicated that the crash was due to a “catastrophic mechanical malfunction.” The crash remains under investigation.

DESTREHAN — The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man died after his 14-year-old cousin put him in a choke hold as they watched pay-per-view wrestling together. The teen put 24-year-old Stephan Arceneaux III in what’s called a “rear naked choke hold” while watching “Wrestlemania 28” Sunday. During the incident, detectives say, the 220-pound Arceneaux refused to give up or “tap out.” Witnesses say the 14-year-old, who weighs 110 pounds, had his cousin in the deadly hold for 30-40 seconds. Someone noticed Arceneaux turn blue and told the juvenile to release him, which he immediately did.

“One who does not vote has no right to complain.” Louis L’Amour, American author

IRS changes may slow financial aid process Counselors urge students to file FASFAs early by Cole Avery

Some students might encounter a new road block this year when trying to finalize their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. One in three students will be selected by the IRS to verify their taxes. In the past, copies of tax forms were allowed, but this year the IRS is requiring a tax transcript instead. “There’s no need to panic,” Cori Smit, interim director of Financial Aid, said of the verification process. “It just comes up Smit every so often.” Financial Aid has moved up the deadline for FASFA filings to June 1, a month earlier than past due dates. Smit said these changes are mandated by the federal government, and every school in the country is bracing for them. If a student is selected for verification, the process is simple. At the top of the Financial Aid homepage, a link is provided for verification. Following the link will walk students through the process. Smit and others in the Financial Aid office are worried students won’t know of the change, which will cause

delays in them receiving financial aid for the fall semester. Two key factors to help make sure the FASFA filing goes smoothly are e-filing and completing the FASFA early, said Judy Smith, associate director of customer service. “I’m concerned the IRS will not be prepared,” Smith said, which could also lead to delays in the filing process. Smith said these delays would be out of the control of Financial Aid because her office is dependent

June 1 the deadline to turn in FASFAs to the Financial Aid office

partment of Education that could slow the process down,” said Smith. Smith said FASFAs filed electronically take about two weeks to complete, compared to potentially eight weeks with paper filing. contact Cole Avery at

on the IRS completing its part of the process. “People are going to get annoyed with us, but it’s the IRS and the De-

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Pinned on prayers

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Rev. Job Scaria (left) of Christ the King Chapel conducts Catholic mass as ULM student Kevin Mues (right) kneels next to a cross covered in prayer notes Wednesday, April 4, in Scott Plaza.

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Tuition to increase in wake of more cuts by Cole Avery

Tuition is expected to rise 10 percent to off-set millions of dollars in new cuts from the state government, according to University Pres. Nick Bruno. Despite the tuition increase, the University is still looking at around $2.5 million in reductions and mandated costs. The figure is based on preliminary numbers of a state budget committee and could still change before the legislative session ends. The University currently estimates a full-time Louisiana resident will pay $5,100 for the 2012/2013 school year, but that number will likely change at the end of the spring to reflect the in-

“At this point, failure to [raise tuition] would be suicide.” Nick Bruno, University president crease. “At this point, failure to [raise tuition] would be suicide,” Bruno said. Of the $2.5 million, about $2.2 comes from less funding and about $300,000 comes from rising costs in healthcare and retirement. Bruno said he is against across the board cuts. He has tasked college

deans with isolating areas where cuts can be made because they best know which programs need trimming and which programs need nurturing. “I want this to be as inclusive as we can be,” said Bruno. “I should not be telling deans where to make the cuts.” He will, however, be telling them how much they will need to cut. In-

dividual amounts for how much each of the five colleges will lose are not yet available because the final cut amounts are not available. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Pharmacy have the largest budgets. Bruno said Pharmacy will likely not be cut because of state mandates and requirements, but he said the college will be asked to find ways to increase revenues. In addition to deans looking for savings, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Eric Pani will be looking for other savings in academic areas not reporting to deans. Vice presidents in other areas will also be looking within their departments for savings.

Once colleges have made their cut proposals, the vice presidents, Bruno and the chief business officer, Diane Singletary, will review the plans and make edits. Faculty and staff senates will then be asked for feedback, and then final cuts will be made. Bruno urged the campus to “remain positive and upbeat” through the cutting process. “We have to come out of this sooner or later,” Bruno said. “My hope is that we’ll have one year without midyear cuts.” Final cut amounts are expected in May or early June. contact Cole Avery at

To o extreme f or theme SUB lounge could

become game zone

CAB prepares for amped-up version of Spring Fever

by Cole Avery

by Cole Avery

If you need some action, look no further than ULM’s Spring Fever. CAB members named this year’s event “Too Extreme for a Theme,” a homage to the week of edgy activities CAB hopes will push the envelope. The events begin next Monday. Some of those activities include a zip line, bungee jumping, laser tag and a mechanical bull. The popular oozeball tourSaunier nament is also slated to make a return. “Everyday there’s something extreme going on,” said Chelise Saunier, CAB’s Spring Fever Week committee head. “We wanted a theme we could incorporate throughout the week, and this one does it.” CAB Pres. Ben Young said the theme received unanimous support from the organization. Saunier said it takes about four months for Spring Fever to come together. CAB spends that time finding vendors and bidding out prices for things they will sell. They also meet with various campus organizations to try to get as much student involvement as possible. “It’s good when you have other groups help with the planning,” Saunier said.

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Students get muddy at an oozeball match during last year’s Spring Fever week. Oozeball, one of students’ favorite activities, is returning this year.

Though an intramural volleyball tournament is scheduled for Saturday, the last major event of the week is Friday with the annual spring fever concert. Rock group The Fray headlines this year’s concert. Unlike previous years, the concert will be moved to the Monroe Civic Center instead of the Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Young said the move was to help keep costs low and to ease competi-

tion between Delta Fest. “We always compete, so what better idea than to throw one big concert,” Young said. Tickets for the concert are still available but are selling steadily, Young said. Students still get special pricing for the concert despite the venue change. contact Cole Avery

Sit and stay a while. Or at least don’t go home. That’s the message the University is hoping to send to it’s nearly 1,800 on-campus residents by possibly renovating the commuter lounge and turning it into a late-night fun zone. The new lounge could include entertainment, such as arcade games, foosball, video game stations and a karaoke stage. The lounge would be open until midnight or later. The administration hopes the new lounge will entice on-campus residents to stay at ULM on the weekends, rather than going home because there’s nothing fun to do, according to Brook Sebren, coordinator for Auxiliary Services who’s been researching this project. “They want this to be a place everybody calls home. There shouldn’t be a reason to leave,” said Sebren. In addition to the games, Grille Works and Bene Pizzeria would also be open during late hours. Sebren lead a focus group of nine students with various backgrounds to brainstorm ideas for more oncampus entertainment. Sebren said all of them agreed there was a need for such a fun zone on campus. Residents seem to agree, but not everyone is sure the plan will keep people here. “I don’t think it’ll matter. I think they want to see their families,” said resident Alex Bourgeois, a junior pretoxicology major from New Orleans. However, Bourgeois does think the lounge would be a good addition be-

cause there is “nothing to do here.” “You can play sports but other than that, you’re pretty much bored,” he said. Bourgeois said the lounge would keep him occupied, es- Bourgeois pecially if there were pool tables. People who frequent the lounge bitterly opposed an attempt last semester to renovate the lounge to add more dining space. Among them was Aaron Dowis, who served as the lounge’s representative in the focus group. He said he and his friends were much more receptive to this plan. “I would definitely say expanding makes it a lot better,” said Dowis, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Shreveport. “People have nothing to do between class.” Sebren said none of the plans have been finalized. He said officials are still looking at other potential locations before making a final decision. If the commuter lounge ends up being the chosen place, security cameras and card-swipe doors would need to be installed. Cost estimates are unavailable since so much is still up in the air. Sebren said the University hopes to have the fun zone, wherever the final location may be, open by the beginning of the fall semester. contact Cole Avery at



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Study abroad program adds new locations by Sydney Bonner

Want to get away? ULM is offering two new courses for students who are interested in taking college courses in another country during summer sessions I and II. Joni Noble, an associate professor of art, will teach the new art/photography courses. “Studying abroad completely changes your perspective of the world,” Noble said. “Students come back with broadened perspectives.” The summer I course will be offered from May 25 to June 28. This six-credit course is called “The Compass” and involves a variety of subjects, including history, art history, political science, psychology and art/photography. The classes for this course will take place in Amsterdam, Berlin, Normandy and London. Students will have four free travel days in between each city they visit. As part of their tuition, the students will be given a Eurail Pass, Northface backpack and an iPad to aid them.

Senior graphic design major Kelsey Hargrove from Monroe said, “I studied art photography for a month in London. It was the best trip I could have made, and if you can get ahold of the money, it is well worth it!” Hargrove was referring to money some students receive from the Financial Aid office to help off-set travel expenses. The summer McDaniel II study abroad course called “British Studies” lasts from June 28 to July 30. The course will be held in London and other cities throughout the area. Noble said students should also be excited because the Olympics are in London this year. Some other classes students can take while studying abroad involve subjects such as journalism, the music industry, psychology, WWII

“Study abroad completely changes your perspective of the world” Joni Noble, art professor history, sports management, business, literature and theater. The tuition does not pay for students’ personal traveling days or extra food. Freshman pre-nursing major Aaron McDaniel said he is studying abroad in Mexico this summer. “I’m really excited because I’ll get to experience the rich Mexican culture and learn about the everyday life there,” said McDaniel. “I’m looking for this to help me speak the language more fluently.” contact Sydney Bonner at

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Hands-on health fair Campus clinic teaches students how to stay well by Caty Morrison

Lab coats and scrubs invaded the SUB for the spring health fair. Student Health Services hosted their annual fair, filling the commuter lounge with booths and information stations about how to stay healthy. Some stations present included the bone marrow donor list station, the HIV screening station and stations with information about how to eat Baylock better and STDs. The main goal of the health fair was “to inform students of the occupations and careers you can work towards at ULM, while engaging in informative activities for proper health care,” said Rosalie Baylock, a medical lab science major from West Monroe, who helped run the bone marrow station. Students made their way around the room as they browsed the different stations, learned about career opportunities and participated in

Did you know? Many cancer patients depend on bone marrow donors for their treatments. A bone marrow transplant refers to the process of taking sick or diseased bone marrow caused by disease or high-dose chemotherapy and replacing it with healthy bone marrow, so that the transplant recipient has the infection-fighting cells the body needs to stay healthy.

“I enjoyed registering for the bone marrow donor list because I felt that I was... possibly saving a person’s life.” Destiny Dumas, sophomore various activities, such as swabbing their own cheeks at the bone marrow donor list station. “I participated in all of the activities the health fair had to offer,” said Destiny Dumas, a sophomore radiologic technology major from

Winnsboro. “I enjoyed registering for the bone marrow donor list the most because I felt that I was taking a step into possibly saving a person’s life.” Many students left the heath fair, which used a hands-on approach to educate students with, newfound knowledge about their health. Dumas said she learned a lot of new information about health care, ranging from breast cancer awareness to good dental hygiene. Quinten Stubblefield, a junior finance major from Delhi, said he went to the event to learn more about his health. Stubblefield said he learned he should wash his hands for at least 20 seconds every time he washes them. “Most people don’t wash their hands correctly,” he said. contact Caty Morrison at

Professor plans gay pride event by Kristin Nieman

ULM sociology professor Christopher Daunis does more for Northeast Louisiana than teach. Daunis also works at GO Care in West Monroe where, aside from being the Gay Men’s Wellness Center’s coordinator, he puts together community building events. The biggest event Daunis is working on right now is Twin Cities Pride, a local gay pride festival. The event, which is scheduled for June 16 at the Atrium in Monroe, will be split into an afternoon event followed by a dinner later that evening. The afternoon portion will have a drag show, a live performance by the band Everyone’s Ex and as many as 18 resource tables of LGBT supporting businesses and organizations from the community. “Anyone is invited and more than welcome to come. You don’t have to be gay to attend,” said Daunis. “We strongly encourage everyone to come and bring their families and whoever else they want.” Pastor Keith Mozingo from the Metropolitan Community Church of

Baton Rouge will also be there to do a blessing of relationships. The night portion of Twin Cities Pride will include a $25 dinner, which is strictly to cover the cost of the food. Also, a guest speaker, most likely from The Forum for Equality, will give a speech, and a few awards will be given out. This local Pride event is modeled after a Baton Rouge style Pride, which Daunis has helped organize in the past. It’s not related to the last pride event held in the area. Daunis Twin Cities Pride is meant to bring more LGBT people and the community together. One of the main goals of the pride event is to make the LGBT community visible. Many gay students said these events are needed in areas like Monroe where the gay community is less free to express itself. “We are a huge part of the community and need to be able to feel welcome,” said Blake Hagan, a music ed-

“We are a huge part of the community and need to be able to feel welcome.” Blake Hagan, sophomore ucation sophomore from Oak Grove. Daunis said, “The community and businesses need to know we’re here, and we’re just like everyone else. If we can’t break down walls and come together, we aren’t going to progress.” Aside from the dinner fee that night and an optional cash bar that will be open all day, the rest of the event will be free. Twin Cities Pride is still in the planning process but will definitely be happening. Plans will be solidified by the beginning of May. The event will be posted on Gay Men’s Wellness Center’s Facebook by the end of April. contact Kristin Nieman at


Occupational therapy ULM’s dental hygiene program to stay until program partners with Delta gets degree school in Wisconsin University Pres. Nick Bruno said students and faculty associated with the occupational therapy program need not fear the program cut. Though the program will eventually be cut from the University in accordance with the LAGRAD Act, Bruno said the University will not abandon the program until Delta Community College installs the degree program there. “I want our students to know they’re not just going ot be thrown out on the street,” Bruno said. The state of Louisiana is requiring four-year universities to end associate degree programs in an effort to send more students to community colleges. Schools performing well on GRAD Act requirements have more autonomy to operate without state oversight.

ULM’s dental hygiene program expanded its reach by partnering with Northcentral Technical College in Wisconsin. In the past 40 years, ULM has expertly trained more than 800 dental hygiene professionals. The new partnership will allow students to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree online in two years at ULM after completing an associate degree in Dental Hygiene at Northcentral Technical College in Wisconsin. ULM Pres. Nick Bruno said he commended Denny Ryman, dean of the College of Health Sciences, for initiating the effort to seek this partnership. Bruno said, “Not only will these collaborations be sought within our state, but also nationally and internationally.”



April 16, 2012


Pass Student Success Fee, give natatorium to YMCA

Students’ votes are important, determine future of University

How we’re voting:

YES - Student Success Fee NO - Bayou Park Pool NO - Event Center Before we get into the discussion about swimming pools and event centers, let’s get the Student Success Fee out of the way. This board is 100 percent in favor of renewing the fee. This fee is one we have already been paying, and $95 is such a small price to pay for all the events, resources and organizations that make college life so special. Yes, it is unfortunate we are in a financial situation where this is the only way to fund them, but unless we have this fee, the spirit of the University will die. Now, we can talk about pools. Last semester when presented the option of renovating the pool or building a new one, this board was in favor of building a new one. We advocated change. And since that time, things have changed. The YMCA is on the right track. Since it took over, the condition of the pool has greatly improved. By most accounts, people are using the pool more now than they have in many years. Clearly the community has strong feelings about the pool. In the long-term, satisfying the community will help the University move forward and close the gap between the “us and them” mentality around Monroe. We need to be one; closing the natatorium alienates the community further from ULM. But here’s the best part: It won’t cost us anything if the YMCA completely takes over. They would actually lease the building from ULM. If the building continues falling apart, it will be on them to fix. If students aren’t using it, it won’t matter because we’re not paying for it anyway. This board believes strongly that the future of the University would benefit from an event center. We agree whole-heartedly that ULM needs an event center to bring in large groups and host conferences. However, we aren’t sold on the current plans for the event center. Rather than build a center to fit a building, let’s build a center to fit our needs. Let’s build a place with auditoriums, banquet areas and workshop rooms. We feel this plan would be more beneficial than the one currently suggested. Students we’ve talked to express a willingness to pay for something that can propel the University in the future. None of those people think a “water park” is the way to go. Also, like we have said before, the idea of two pools on the campus is ridiculous, especially since we started this discussion because no one is swimming. Let’s foster that willingness and build an event center that will be the pentacle of gathering places in Monroe. A top of the line event center is where the real recruitment opportunities lie, not in the Bayou Park swimming pool. Let’s keep the community happy and save the natatorium. Next year, let’s foster our desire for a better campus and build an event center to exactly serve every need we currently have. All of us – students, the community and the University – want ULM to be a place we all call home. This plan helps achieve that for everybody.

GARRETT BOYTE So this week you get to go into the proverbial voting booth and select your student government representatives and leaders. This is a prime example of why it’s important to pay attention to what happens at ULM. The people you’re going to vote for are the ones who will be your voice to the administration. You should pick the candidates who will serve you best. A problem I’ve always seen with school elections, and more recently state and national elections, is that they are increasingly becoming popularity contests. The person with the best ideas, the most passion and the strongest character is the person you should choose, not

the one who has the coolest friends or who’s in your fraternity/sorority. You are participating in an American right – to choose who you want to represent you. Most people don’t understand the depth of such an action. The idea of a common person being able to choose his or her representative and to have a hand in government – in this case student government – affairs is not something to be squandered. Democracy is relatively new in human history, especially democracy where even the most common of men have a voice. When you log in to vote this week, keep in mind that what you are doing is a valuable act. You have the power to decide which direction our student government goes. In addition to choosing your student leaders, in this election you also have the power to decide the direction the University will take for years to come. Don’t send us in the direction of a water park. I am all in favor of getting an amphitheater, which is included in the Bayou Park pool plans, because I think the arts

are subjects that should be shared. However, I do not think putting an outdoor swimming pool, which could only be used seasonally, on our campus is a good idea. Putting a swimming pool on campus is an insane idea. This is a university, not a water park. This place is for learning, not recreational activities. Granted, we are lucky enough to attend a university that provides both education and recreation for the students, but we should realize that the first and foremost job of a university is to provide an education. If people want to swim, then go to the natatorium. Apparently, though, the majority of students don’t care about swimming. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be debating the closing of the natatorium. I just don’t understand why we would turn a fully functioning swimming pool into a convention center and then turn around and build a new pool that can only be used from April to October. That just doesn’t make sense to me. contact Garrett Boyte at

Marriage can wait; experience life first

KRISTIN NIEMAN Having grown up locally, I’ve noticed that most of the people around here have this idea that being in a relationship and getting married is top priority. These people look at single people, who enjoy and appreciate being single, like they’re from outer space. For the most part, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, older siblings, etc. seem to persuade this notion. Too often the picturesque image of marriage and kids is pushed and promoted more than higher education and the idea of making something of yourself. We have time to get married and start

a family later in life. What we don’t have all of the time in the world for is being young and having fun, as well as going to college and building a career. We should strive to make something of ourselves before getting married and starting a family. We should be free to do whatever we want to do while we still can. It’s important to live your life to the fullest while you’re young and have the energy to. Learn how to be happy by yourself and love yourself before being happy with someone else and loving someone else. When you’re young and in college, you don’t fully know yourself yet. And, you can’t know you’re ready to get married if you don’t even know who you are. You don’t want to tie yourself down and get married fresh out of high school, either, and later wonder what all you’re missing. Nobody wants to end up divorced with kids, child support and unnecessary emotional stress before they’re even 25.

Similar scenarios happen all too often. A girl I know got engaged at 19, was married a few months before she was 21 and is now separated before 22. I imagine that’s not quite how she wanted her life to be. Plus, it’s financially smart to hold off on big relationships. Having a family and a home are big expenses. Building a career first can take some of the pressure off. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being single. Slow down. Go out with friends. Have fun. Geez, have a drink. Live it up a little. Get an education. Make something of yourself. Be happy. Love yourself. The rest will fall into place at the right time. Experience life to the fullest without having to check with your husband or wife and kids first. There’s no need to rush into being a full-blown adult. If you do, then you might find yourself wanting to live the single life when it’s a little too late. contact Kristin Nieman at

April 16, 2012




Athlete: We are not ‘whining babies’ Dear Editor, Student-athletes here at ULM are not the whining babies the last article painted us to be. We are some the hardest working students on this campus. This response letter is not to try and get sympathy from the student body, but to give insight into the daily struggles of student-athletes. We get mad when regular students say “oh you guys have it easy.” That statement is completely false. Saying we have it easy is just a slap in the face of our hard work. They are not around at 4 a.m. when the soccer team is hard at work in the weight room, and when track runners are outside running while it is still dark in the morning. These students are

tucked away nicely in their beds watching TV, while the football team and their coaches were outside during last week’s heavy rainfall trying to get better and prepare for what we believe will be a special for ULM. If student-athletes have it so easy, I challenge any regular student to walk on in any sport during offseason training and make it through without quitting after the first week. Another key issue the last article brought up and badgered student-athletes about is our asking for money that our scholarships do not give us. What needs to be known is that we do not want the money to go spend on cars, jewelry, and other luxuries. We

need the money for common household things like toothpaste, laundry, food for when the cafeteria closes at 8 p.m. and other things of that nature. People do not realize that if it were not for sports, more than 60 percent of the studentathletes would not be here. Yeah, we get a free education and we are thankful, but division I athletics is modern day slavery. The only difference is the people in charge today do not want us dumb and generally care about us. Other than that, the long hours, hardly any break time, and constant work in extreme weather conditions is the same. Once again, I extend a challenge to those regulars who feel like student-

athletes have it made because of free schooling to give up the extra money and free party time to walk a week in our lives. The last issue this letter is going to respond to is the shot taken by writer Ben Mcdonald. He wrote, “So (wo) man up, stop whining and worry about the things you should actually be concerned about, like winning.” For a student to publicly take a shot like this at his own college’s athletic programs is wrong. Mr. McDonald represents a section of the ULM student body that is anti-ULM athletics and could care less if we win or lose. The very members of this section are the students who can be seen around

campus with other colleges’ athletic gear on. That is not right. If this section would stop criticizing the athletic programs and actually come to games, we would have to play money games and have a better shot at bowl games. Starting with the President, Dr. Bruno, down to the Athletic Directors, Bobby Staub, to the head coaches of every sport, all the way down to the players, everyone is doing their part to make ULM sports great. We just need to get the entire student body to step up and support us like ULL and LSU students do their teams. Gerrand Johnson, Redshirt freshman on ULM football team

SGA explains fee process, upcoming referendums Students, April 18th and 19th is the SGA elections. It will consist of SGA senate elections, SGA officer elections, and three referendums. The three referendums will consist of a vote on the renewal of the student support fee, a vote to build an indoor/outdoor pool and amphitheater in Bayou Park, and a vote to change the current natatorium into a much needed event venue. Each of these fees would go a long ways to improve ULM and help us to continue to be a leader in our commitment to our students and to the progress of ULM. The Student Support Fee is a renewal of a fee that students currently pay. The money from the fee pays for many services that all students enjoy and the salaries of 22 staff members in Student Affairs and student services. If this fee does not pass, Student Life, Career Connections, Student Success Center, Counseling Center, the Health Center, and many other areas of student services would be cut significantly or done away with if this fee does not pass. When talking about referendums there are often many misunderstandings that we encounter when talking to students. A student fee is saying that the majority of students agree to fund whatever is laid out in the referendum. Students cannot pass a fee to fund residence halls or apartments on campus. It must be funded by a bond and run through a facility corporation of the

university. State appropriated funds cannot be used to build student housing. Students cannot vote in a fee to support an academic department. That would be the same thing as raising tuition which can only be increased by state legislative approval. Students can vote to fund services and auxiliary venues. Many times when referendums are passed to support services it will free up state appropriated funds to academic programs. So when a fee to support athletics, student services, or student life is passed, the state appropriated funds that would go to support these services will then be used to support academic programs. This helps lessen the cuts that the state imposes on ULM. Your Student Government Association and the ULM administration work really hard to do what is in the best interest of our students. When we proposed the Natatorium and the Bayou Park Recreational facility projects, we tried to get as much input from the students as possible. ULM students voted to close the Natatorium and pursue building a recreational facility in Bayou Park in a straw poll held in the fall semester. We, the students, faculty and staff are always trying to improve our University. The proposed plans and referendums can be found at www.ulm. edu/vote Nathan Hall Asst. Dean of Student Life

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Voting for the future Students to pick between nat, event center by Cole Avery

The Lake C. Oxford Natatorium has changed. Paint chips aren’t falling from the ceiling into the pool. Light fixtures have been replaced. The water heater has been repaired. The brush along the bayou is cleared. On the surface, the natatorium today is a far cry from the dilapidated building that existed before the YMCA took over in January. Still, students will decide this week if the improvements are enough to keep the pool open, or if it’s time for a change. Students will decide this week if they want to keep the natatorium or instead renovate it into an event center. The measure would include a fee increase of $25 to fund the project, which has an estimated price tag of $4 million. Frederick Huenefeld, a community organizer working to save the natatorium, said the University had plenty of places to hold events already. He pointed to the conference center in the library, the Biedenharn recital hall, the coliseum and the SUB as places people can currently have events. “Why spend another $4 million on a place that will sit empty 80 percent of the time?” said Huenefeld. “We don’t need it.” But some at ULM say it is needed. “Yes, I would tell you in a minute. From a scheduling point of view, we need another place,” said Camile Currier, assistant vice president of Student Affairs. Currier said Biedenharn is designed for specialized events, like concerts. He said the coliseum doesn’t have acoustics for meetings, and most meeting rooms are full during the week. The SUB, he said, is over-used, garnering 1,700 events in its opening year alone. Currier said the proposed event center would solve scheduling conflicts and allow large groups to book it year-round. “This is where you get people on campus,” Currier said. “It’s a tremendous recruiting tool.” Huenefeld and YMCA Dir. Chris Pealer said the natatorium brings in people, too. He pointed to a recent triathlon

that brought 900 people to ULM and a swim meet that brought in 500. Students will have to decide what is best for ULM: a natatorium or an event center. If voters are basing their decision on usage numbers, the waters get murky in a hurry. The University closed the natatorium in July based on data showing only 20 to 25 students used the pool weekly. Currier said 125 students used the pool at least once during the year. Pealer said the usage has seen a remarkable turnaround since January. He said right now 308 students and 513 community members have joined the natatorium since the YMCA took over. The University’s number, however, is starkly different. Currier said the University shows only eight students have joined since January. Students are supposed to swipe their IDs at the Warhawk ID office to be added to the list of natatorium users. “The question is ‘active’ people,” Currier said. “It was easy for us to say we had 8,000 members because we had that many students.” The true number likely lies somewhere in between. Caleb Read, the YMCA aquatics director, estimates about 30 students use the pool per day. He said student groups like the ROTC, track team, triathlon team and golf team use the pool regularly. “People use this thing,” Read said. “If you come in around 4:30 p.m., every lane is full.” Also factoring into students’ decision is a proposed $8-10 million water complex in Bayou Park. The new complex would include outdoor/indoor swimming areas, a lazy


At the end of March, 308 students had filled out memberships with the natatorium, according to numbers provided by the YMCA.

river, an amphitheater and boat dock. However, the Bayou Park pool has no real bearing on the nat’s future. The YMCA would likely still operate the natatorium even if the new complex is built. Only the event center would displace the natatorium’s swimmers. “You can make something good out of it. You don’t have to close it,” Pealer said. Students can vote through their Banner accounts or by using the ULM smartphone application. In addition to the pool referendums, students will also decide on their SGA representatives and the Student Success Fee renewal.


The University shows only 8 students have registered with the natatorium. ULM required students using the natatorium to swipe their ID cards in the Warhawk ID office.


An estimated 30 students per day swim at the natatorium, according to Caleb Read, YMCA aquatics director.

STUDENT SUCCESS FEE The $95 Student Success Fee is up for renewal this year. Students have paid the fee for the last three years. If the fee fails, the University will likely have to cut everything associated with student life, including CAB, SGA, Greek Life and most student organizations. ULM Pres. Nick Bruno, SGA Pres. Brooke Dugas and countless other University officials have stressed the importance of passing this fee. election results will be available Thursday evening at

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Possible Outcome 1:

Possible Outcome 3:

Students can pass both referendums. The result will be an outdoor/indoor pool in Bayou Park and an event center where the natatorium is now. Fees would increase by $90 per semester. The total cost would be an estimated $12-14 million.

Students can decide not to build a pool in Bayou Park, but choose to renovate the natatorium into an event center. The event center would increase fees by $25 per semester. The total cost of the event center project is an estimated $4 million dollars. There would be no pool on campus.

Possible Outcome 2:

Possible Outcome 4:

Students can pass the Bayou Park referendum and build the outdoor/indoor pool but not pass the event center. The natatorium would stay under the control of the YMCA. Fees would increase $65 per semester to pay for the new pool, estimated to cost between $8-10 million.

Students can fail both referendums. If both fail, the Bayou Park pool will not be built. The natatorium will not be renovated into an event center. The YMCA will likely continue to run the natatorium and eventually assume all costs for operating the pool.



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A gorgeous orange, purple sunset at Black Bayou Lake.


National Wildlife Refuge becomes Monroe’s paradise by DeRon Talley

photos by Srdjan Marjanovic An American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), the largest reptile in North America, comes out of the water with its prey, a catfish (Pylodictis olivaris), at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

The Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) grows up to 45 inches and is an active diurnal snake that can be found in the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Above: A white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) found eating during the night at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Left: A Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis), which grows up to two inches, is spotted in its camouflage phase at the refuge.

Monroe has a place that’s been almost invisible to humans, but animals think it’s their best-kept secret – a real paradise. Coyotes, deer, alligators, rattle snakes and turtles (just to name a few) live in the 4,500 acres of the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. As more animals are beginning to discover this refuge, so are the people. Since being established in 1997, Black Bayou’s popularity has increased and serves as a learning tool for ULM students. Coates The founders of the refuge gave Mother Nature a place to attract all of her children to one location, and it worked. About seven miles north of ULM, located off of US-165 N, sits the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. “It’s pretty amazing to look back at how far we’ve come. In 15 years, we’ve gone from just about nothing to a real show place for the community,” said Ann Smith, co-founder of the Friends of Black Bayou Organization. “We are all proud of what has happened out there and how much the community has been supporting.” Smith said Black Bayou is primarily a refuge for native wildlife and plants. But, she said it also is a refuge for people.

On her lunch breaks, Smith said she would often drive out to Black Bayou and eat and just relax. But, like Smith, a group of bald eagles found Black Bayou and uses it as a get away, finding a new nesting place. Pete and Marsha Coates, volunteers for the facility, said recently a group of bald eagles have been staying at the refuge. Pete Coates said it’s a sign that the lake is doing well. For the last five years, the couple has had their RV parked on the campsite volunteering and helping people enjoy their experience. “Black Bayou seems like home, coming out here,” said Pete Coates, a retired Navy Seal. “We love it, and we love volunteering for it. It’s been a great thing for us.” Both Pete and his wife Marsha volunteer in the visitor’s center, but they said

“In 15 years, we’ve gone from just about nothing to a real show place for the community.” Ann Smith, vice president of Friends of Black Bayou Organization

Black Bayou isn’t like a park service. “The park service is oriented toward people,” Pete Coates said. But, the wildlife service is geared to the animals and the wildlife, and Black Bayou is wildlife oriented, for sure.” Because the refuge is nearby, ULM is able to benefit from the lake’s success. Biology professors use the waters to experiment in lab exercises.

The Six-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela sexguttata) is a tiny predator that eats small insects, spiders and snails, and can be found at Black Bayou Lake National Wildllife Refuge.

Senior biology major Sarah Nix said it’s a good experience and not just to get out of class. “Because it gives you experience in an environment Rice that you would be working in for your career,” Nix said. Chris Rice, a ULM biology graduate of 2009, said the refuge is unique because it’s so close to the city, “and you never really find a nice wildlife refuge next to a city.” Not all students are fortunate to be able to do research at a place like this. Nix said there are some who often spend money to travel to as far as South America to conduct experiments. The facility rents canoes to visitors who want to go deeper into the site, hunting areas and fishing areas. In 2005, the Conservation Learning Center was opened and hundreds of students visit weekly on school field trips. “When I used to go on field trips, they would take and drop us off at the mall,”

A Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) is by far the most common species that breeds in the eastern half of North America, and can be found at the Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge.

said Rice, a Nature Conservancy employee. “Now, these kids are getting affiliated with this place. They are growing up with it.” Rice said he remembers coming with his biology professors to the refuge and said it’s a great study place. “It’s a really cool facility.” Senior biology major Clair Calhoun began going to Black Bayou in her ecology class Nix with Dr. Hill. Now, she goes all the time with her family friends, and she said her favorite things to look for are snakes and salamanders. “I enjoy it, and I like that the trails go all through the woods,” Calhoun said. “And it’s more connected to nature than Kiroli Park.” The trails can reach up to seven or

eight miles long and are one of the top attractions the facility has to offer. The Coates’ and Calhoun all enjoy the trails, but Smith likes the water. “My favorite thing to do right now is to kayak. It’s a wonderful place to kayak.” So, because Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge attracts so many species, even if you come by yourself, you won’t be alone. But don’t worry, you are safe and sound in this paradise part of town. And, look out for upgrades around the facility, Smith said the refuge acquired a nearby pond and reconditioned it, installing wells to control the water level. “It’s a demonstration project to see what happens with birds and plants at different water levels,” Smith said. “It’s a nice addition for people who like bird watching and for biology students to study.” contact DeRon Talley at



April 16, 2012


A moment in the spotlight Students battle to be named school’s most talented by Justin Hughes

photo by Terrance Armstard

Students who competed in the ULM’s Got Talent contest showed the campus is full of passion, and potential.

The competition was fierce in the SUB ballroom as students competed for campus fame and the chance to win $400 in cash. The SUB ballroom was packed with enthusiastic students excited to cheer for their favorite acts in the annual ULM’s Got Talent competition. Despite some technical difficulties with the microphones, the show still carried on. Many contestants opted not to use the microphones, including first place winner, Angel Starr, who sang an acapella rendition of “How Great

Is Our God.” Starr said, “When I heard the speakers, it made me even more nervous.” Although she didn’t use a microphone, her powerful voice could be heard throughout the entire ballroom. Starr gave all the credit of her performance to God. Starr said, “God really made a way for me in this com- Solmone petition.” For Starr, singing to this crowd was very different than singing to the crowd from her church, where she usually performs. Starr won $400 cash prize in the

competition, as well as the respect and admiration of her fellow students. Second place went to Joshua Green who performed a cover of “Fever.” Green said, “A place is a place. It’s not first place, but it will do.” The crowd also seemed to enjoy the performance of the dance group Chasse’ who danced to “We Found Love” by Rihanna. The all-girl group said they were honored to be involved in the competition and thought well of the winners. Chasse’ group member A’Kai Solmone said, “We can’t wait for a dance competition.” Many students enjoyed the perfomances and are excited for next year. contact Justin Hughes at


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Artists unveil works Junior Putnam wins Best in Show Award at exhibit by DeRon Talley

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Professor Brian Fassett and Executive Vice President Stephen Richters talk about the students’ work in the art exhibition at the Bry Art Gallery.

Several art students racked up multiple moments of recognition for their works entered in the 15th Annual ULM Juried Art Exhibition at the Bry Art Gallery on April 2. Durant Thompson, the University of Mississippi’s associate professor of sculpture, juried the exhibition. Dara Engler, ULM assistant professor of art, said Thompson left comments to share with the artists. According to Engler, Thompson said he was impressed, and he applauded the professionalism and craftsmanship of the ULM students. When judging students’ work, Thompson said, “My first evaluation is how [the work] strikes me in the raw. The piece should tell me all I

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need to know about it when I walk up to it,” Thompson said. “I’m a stickler for craftsmanship.” Thompson found the elements he looked for, especially in junior artist Betsy Putnam’s work entitled “Objects to memory series.” Putnam’s piece was named Best in Show. Putnam said her piece was about how objects can make good or bad memories. In her work, six different stories were represented in the series. “I’m really excited to get this award,” said Putnam, a West Monroe native. “I was so surprised.” Gretchen Dean, ULM community supporter, has sponsored the Best in Show award for a number of years, and said she remembers when the honor began. “I’m delighted to be able to offer the award,” Dean said. “Every year when I come, I never think I will find anything as fine as I saw the last year. But, the students and the caliber of their work are tremendous. I think it’s something the University and community should be proud of.” Other awards were given to the artists, as well. Prestigious recognition goes to the students who earned the Administrator’s Awards. The chosen artists surrender their work year to an administrator’s office for a full year. President Nick Bruno chose three pieces to decorate his office with: an untitled piece by Rachel Barnes, “Color Vein” by Lane Davis and “Hidden Sleep” by Putnam. Spectators who attended the exhibition participated in the voting process, too. They voted senior Srd-

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Thirty-two students submitted 84 pieces of art to the exhibit, but 51 pieces by 26 students were displayed in the gallery. Artists received $1,800 combined in awards. jan Marjanovic’s painting entitled “The One” for the People’s Choice Award. contact DeRon Talley at

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FREESTYLE ULM student, John-Mark rip the runway during the business wear and student designer segments of the show.

ULM students took to the runway Wednesday, April 4, in the SUB ballrooms in their most stylish clothers. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the show’s goal was to let students see they could look fashinable without spending a lot of money. RJBrown Photography Model, Brionna Ford, styled by ULM Alumni Ora Alise Greely with Rediva Fashion.

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Seth Hall, coordinator of orientation and special programs at ULM.

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ULM student, Tuscaney Carraway, grasps the audience attention with the latest styles to wear to work.

ULM student, Jokodi Davis, co-hosts the show and entertains the student body with his sense of humor.

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ULM student, Clinton Bailey, C.E.O. of College Knights, after having his clothing line Royal Bum showcased. photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

ULM student, Charlotte Farshian, The co-host of the fashion show.

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Freshman comes up big on senior day Polak, Winkel get win in last home match of careers by DeRon Talley

Freshman Ema Turudija showed her senior teammates how much she respects them by sealing the win at the tennis senior day on April 6 at Heard Stadium. Turudija closed the match against Middle Tennessee State University in single’s play in three gut-checking sets, earning the team’s ninth consecutive victory. Turudija defeated Middle Tennessee’s Nayara Moraes 6-4, 6-7 and 1210. “I thought it was the end after I lost the second set, especially when I was down 6-1,” said Turudija, who is undefeated in single’s play. I don’t know how I came back and won.” At the senior day, fans tailgated across the street from the tennis courts, while other filled the stadium, rooting the Warhawks to victory. The fans got too loud at times, forcing the court referees to threaten to take ULM points off the board for excessive noise. “Because of them screaming for

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Above: Seniors Vivian Polak (left) and Monica Winkel (right) are presented with flowers, balloons and a picture representation of their careers at ULM during the tennis team’s senior day at Heard Stadium. Right: Freshman Ema Turudija returns the ball to her opponent in her hardfought win against Middle Tennessee State University at Heard Stadium.

me to come on, and knowing it was [the seniors] last home match, I had to win,” Turudija said. Turudija’s strong performance solidified ULM’s 5-2 victory and sent seniors Vivian Polak and Monica Winkel away with a lasting memory. “Thank God I won,” Turudija said. In their matches, Polak and Winkel won in both the single’s and double’s competition.

“I didn’t really think about it being my last home match,” Winkel said. “But, I definitely wanted to win.” Winkel said it wasn’t until her second match that she realized it was her last home match ever. She said she had to win it, not just for herself, but also for the team. Polak won her single’s match in two sets with scores of 6-0 and 6-3 and moves into conference play with

only three individual losses. “It’s good we ended like this at home,” Polak said. “I could not have wished for better.” Polak added, “It feels weird that it is over, but it’s always good to play here, because everyone is behind you

cheering. I will miss it.” The team will compete in the Sun Belt Conference Tennis Championships that begin on April 19-22 in Denton, Texas. contact DeRon Talley at



April 16, 2012


Golf loses tug-o-war

Team finishes 2nd in playoff round at home invitational by DeRon Talley

Oklahoma City is known to bring the thunder, and the men’s golf team is no exception. ULM lost in a playoff round against the Oklahoma City University Stars in the ULM Wallace Jones Invitational at the Calvert Crossing Country Club in Calhoun on Monday and Tuesday. The Warhawks tallied a final score of 887 through the first three rounds, tying with the Stars. The two teams of five golfers went

into a playoff round, which sent them back to the 18th hole. ULM could not squeeze out the win. “Nothing really went wrong,” said Nick Wilson, a senior who tied for eighth in individuals with 223 for both days. “We did what we wanted to do, which was to be in contention. Sometimes balls just don’t bounce your way.” After the first day, ULM was behind one stroke to OCU and was able to take the lead by as many as three strokes on the second day. But, OCU rallied and thanks to a few miscues by the Warhawks, the teams were tied once all scores were tallied. “We came off a good day yesterday,” said Alex Malmay, a junior

who shot a 69 in the second round on Monday. “Today we had some chances to win it down the stretch, but some of the putts didn’t fall and they came out on top in the playoff.”

“We did what we wanted to do, which was to be in contention.” Nick Wilson, senior golfer ULM had strong performances in its last five tournaments, finishing in the top 10 in all of them. With this be-

photos by Srdjan Marjanovic

Left: Senior Nick Wilson swings to score par in the team’s home invitational on Tuesday. Below: Freshman Mason Seaborn (left) and head coach Erik Hsu (right) brainstorm a plan to score a putt.

ing the team’s first home invitational, Malmay said he hoped to get past being just “in the hunt.” “We were hoping to change that today and play a better final round. But, we came up one short.” Despite the chipped finished, ULM’s freshmen put in solid work for the team. Freshman Christian Tepley showed emotions at the end of the playoff round against OCU, but looks forward to the team’s main goal, conference. “You want to win so badly, and when you get to that moment, it’s difficult,” said Tepley, who totaled 227 through both days. “We still played well as a team, and we are getting better.”

The team had three members finish in the top 10 individually, and head coach Erik Hsu said it’s something the team has been putting together all year. “We are peaking at the right time, going into the conference championship,” Hsu said. “This is when we want to be playing our best golf, and this is what they are doing.” Hsu added, “Hats off to my two seniors [Tim Hardham and Nick Wilson] who are the foundation of the team leading three freshman. They take them under their wings, and it’s a building process. Winning is a learning process.” contact DeRon Talley at

Golf names invitational after program’s founder by DeRon Talley

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

Freshman golfer Christian Tepley lets his emotions flow after a runner-up finish in the ULM Wallace Jones Invititational at the Calvert Crossings Country Club in Calhoun on Tuesday.

The men’s home golf invitational was the first one hosted in seven years. The tournament marked the first of what will be an annual event. The invitational is named after the program’s founder Wallace Jones who began the program in the 1970s. Jones spent 17 years with then NLU building a program under former athletic director John David Crowe. “It’s a special time,” said head coach Eric Hsu, a former ULM alumni. “Wallace is such a great guy and is such a good ambassador for our program. I love that he has had the opportunity to come out and experience this tournament in his honor.” Jones and his wife drove their golf cart around the Calvert Crossing Country Club’s golf course, supporting the Warhawks in their first home invitational. Although the team finished second, Jones couldn’t be more pleased with the players’ efforts. “I’m real proud of these boys. They

got off to a good start,” Jones said. “I think the two freshman are playing better right now than anybody. Kind of like the freshman from Kentucky [basketball].” The team put on a strong showing for the home fans, and senior Nick Wilson said it was a lot of fun, and he enjoyed playing in front of fans. The team went into a playoff round against Oklahoma City University, but before teeing off, they huddled for a Warhawk spirit shout. “[Jones] got a show today, that’s for sure,” Hsu said. “I’m really pleased we were able to do that, and he was able to come out and watch.” Jones was pleased with Hsu’s job performance on the team. Jones said Hsu is doing an outstanding job. On the tournament being named after him, Jones said, “The fact they named it after me was just wonderful. I am most appreciative for this honor.” contact DeRon Talley at

photo by Srdjan Marjanovic

Wallace Jones, ULM’s golf program founder, watched the team at its first home invitational in seven years.


April 16, 2012



Giroir shows off figure, gets 2nd in competition

by DeRon Talley

ABOUT ME HEIGHT: 5’4” YEAR: Senior HOMETOWN: Thibodaux, La HIGH SCHOOL: E.D. White FAVORITE FOOD: Cinnamon rolls FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Hangover” FAVORITE HOBBY: Jamming on my guitar and drums photo by Dan Ray

For senior Mindi Giroir’s 22nd birthday, she didn’t throw back a few margaritas with friends. She didn’t even eat cake and ice cream. Instead, she ate chicken and asparagus. With five days left to compete in the 2012 National Physique Committee Ronnie Coleman Classic, Giroir didn’t want to do anything that would derail her 12-week progress. She knew that nutrition played about 90 percent of the role in her success. Veering off the path, even for her own birthday cake, would cost her a chance at winning. Ultimately, her restraint paid off, and she earned a second place trophy in the figure competition on March 31 in Mesquite, Texas, earning a national qualification. So, chicken and asparagus turned out to be the better choice for this year’s birthday. “This is by far the hardest work out I’ve ever done,” said Giroir, who competed for the first time. “Holding tight on stage for that long is not easy.” Fourty-three women competed in Giroir’s height class and did a simple pose, front pose, back pose and model pose for the judges. Giroir said confidently that nobody had a back that looked as good as hers did. “There is no day that could compensate for how good I felt.” Giroir, a Thibodaux native, came to ULM to play soccer in 2008, but af-

ter two seasons with the team, she decided to quit and move on. Now, she works in the ULM Activity Center, and through a co-worker she found a new passion – getting shredded. “It’s completely different from soccer because you are on your own,” said Giroir, a radiation technology major. “You don’t have a team backing you up. You have to go after it for yourself because the girl next to you certainly is.” Giroir’s co-worker, graduate student Blake Laliberte, sparked her interest in the competition. Last year, Laliberte said he wanted to take it a step further and compete, and Giroir decided to join him. However, Laliberte didn’t compete in the men’s division of the competition. He said he wasn’t as lean as he wanted to be.

“The toughest part is the dieting. That’s something most people don’t see.” Blake Laliberte, ULM graduate student But as for Giroir, Laliberte said, “She is a beast.” “The toughest part is the dieting,” said Laliberte, who graduated with a degree in kiniseology. “That’s something most people don’t see. They think it’s more lifting.” Giroir agreed and said getting in the right mindset about dieting was the hardest part of the process, not weight lifting. “Muscle rest is definitely important in this process,” said Giroir, who lifts two days straight, then two off. “Progress made in a week depended on the amount of cardio work I did.” She said the amount of weight she lifts doesn’t matter either so she doesn’t know her exact limits. “That’s really not important to me,” Giroir said. “I come in and throw weights on and push it as many times as I can.” Originally, Giroir said she didn’t plan to compete. She just wanted to “shred” down with Laliberte during his training.

“And then I thought, why not make it all worth while?”she said. In November, she decided to compete and soon started a 12-week diet preparation plan. She hired a training coach, Shannon Dahlum from the Monroe Athletic Club, who helped her get below eight percent body fat for the competition. “She did a phenomenal job coaching,” Giroir said. “I really got a good package deal on her, and I can’t say enough good things about her.” During Giroir’s 12- Laliberte week training, she weighed her food out daily, reducing her carbohydrate intake each week. On the last week, Giroir said she was just “running on desire.” She said she drank tons of water, clearing her body of all glucose. And the day before the competition, she went into “carb overload.” “Sitting there, I could literally see my muscles growing.” On competition day, the competitors eat some kind of sweets or candy before going on the stage. Many chose things like honey, but Giroir chose Mentos. She said she had a big box full of a variety of candy to choose from, but Mentos looked best to her. Despite Giroir’s healthy preparation, it still didn’t prevent cramping. On the stage posing for 30 minutes with a dehydrated body was no fun. She wore $500 worth of makeup and hair accessories to look good on the outside, but on the inside, she felt priceless. “From head to toe, you’re in pain,” Giroir said. “But, I would do it all over again 10 times if I had the chance and wouldn’t change a thing.” Giroir said she will compete again, especially because she did so well in her first outing. She said she wants to get her professional card but knows how mentally tough it will be to advance that far. contact DeRon Talley at



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