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Thursday, 1-17 District High School Honor Bands from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Brown Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Friday, 1-18 Friday is the final date for students to add a class for credit or to make changes for their spring schedules.


ULM and LDCC ask for help during food drive The University of Louisiana at Monroe and Louisiana Delta Community College invite the community to participate in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Community members, students, faculty, and employees from LDCC and ULM are asked to deliver donated items to Stubbs Hall Rooms 123 or 246 on the ULM campus during the week of Jan. 14-18. On Jan. 21, the items will be organized and delivered to the Community Soup Kitchen, located at 219 Plum St. in Monroe. The goal is to assist the United League of Churches Organization and stock the Community Soup Kitchen The Community Soup Kitchen serves hot meals three days a week to the homeless, seniors who live alone and cannot cook, and those who have a disability or are physically challenged. The kitchen also provides clothing and food bags. Items can be donated and delivered to Stubbs Hall, Rooms 123 or 246 at ULM. Participants may also come to Stubbs Hall, Room 246, at 10 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 21, and assist in the packaging and delivering of the collected items. The university is asking that people bring canned goods or toiletry items such as deoderent and tooth paste. Those who wish to participate should contact Dr. Pamela Saulsberry at 318-3421445 or e-mail her at



Obama picks Lew as new Treasury Secy

Jindal wants income, corp taxes cut out

Professor, students help local seniors

Washington, D.C.— President Barack Obama announced Jacob “Jack” Lew as his pick to become the new Secretary of the Treasury. Lew served as the president’s chief of staff and in the State Department as well as the President’s budget director. The previous secretary, Timothy Geitner, said he has the greatest respect for Lew and that he was a man of “exceptional judgment.” If confirmed, Lew will come into his new office just in time to deal with many fiscal matters such as the raising of the debt ceiling and the nation’s growing national debt. Lew is just one of the changes the White House plans to make to the cabinet for the new term. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also not be returning.

BATON ROUGE— Gov. Bobby Jindal said he wants the state income and corportate taxes eliminated. He released a statement on Friday giving details for his plans to work with the legislature in its upcoming session on cutting out these taxes. The governor said he wants to do it in a “revenue neutral” way that would keep sales taxes as flat and low as possible. In order to protect low-income groups, the plan will keep exemptions for food, medicine, and residential utilities intact. The plan will also set aside funding to operate an Earned Income Tax Credit or something similar to help low income groups. Jindal also said the 468 tax exemptions need to be changed to balance the revenue lost from the cut.

During the 2013 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Annual Enrollment Period, students and faculty from the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Pharmacy helped 71 local seniors save $91,930.27 in Medicare prescription costs. This year’s savings nearly tripled those from last year, in which 47 beneficiaries saved a total of $32,294. Michelle Zagar, ULM clinical associate professor and a certified geriatric pharmacist, has been assisting Medicare beneficiaries with plan selection and enrollment at the Ouachita Council on Aging since the Medicare Part D program began in 2006. This is the second year she has provided her expertise with the assistance of her students.

Museum sticks to plan; remains on schedule by Shelby DeSoto

Since the announcement of renovations to Sandel Hall, the question if ULM’s Museum of Natural History would have a home was still in the air last semester. Now that renovations will be underway later this spring, the museum can rest easy knowing its exhibit will stay on campus and Hanna Hall will eventually be the home of the museum. After the Walker Hall fire that occurred in June 2012, all classroom and office space relocated the museum’s previous plans, moving displays to the second floor of Hanna Hall and research collections to Brown Stadium. “Everything is on schedule. We started moving some of the research materials to Brown,” said Thomas Sasek, director of the Museum of Natural History and professor of biology. According to Sasek, the research collections will be moved this semester and will be moving to Hanna when the renovations to Sandel are complete. Sandel Hall is still on schedule for its renovations, but the museum will have a temporary space in Hanna later this spring. Along with the museum, the bookstore will also be moving into Hanna during the renovations. “Once Sandel is finished in a couple of years, the bookstore will move back to Sandel,” said Sasek.


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No timeline has been announced for the dates on renovation and completion. Sasek said he has not heard of any timeline for the renovations of Hanna for the displays and renovations to the bookstore will be done at the same time.

“Everything is on schedule.” Thomas Sasek Museum Director

The Museum of Natural History has been a prized feature at ULM. It has the largest herbarium in the state along with thousands of preserved specimens. The museum is also listed on the Louisiana “Heroes and Heritage Trail,” a list of the best places to visit in the state, according to the secretary of state’s office. Eventually, the first and second floors of Hanna will be the museum’s home, the first being for the exhibits and the second for the research collections. According to Sasek, everything with the museum is going as planned.

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Samantha Vaughn and the ULM Hawkline give a preview of their routine for the upcoming national competition at Disney World this Saturday.

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Boiler explodes; Fire Auditor finds cash missing Marshal cites university “The whole by Emma Herrock

Injured worker is said to be recovering well by Garrett Boyte

Here’s what it boils down to. The State Fire Marshal’s Office cited ULM a $500 fine after a boiler exploded on Jan. 3, outside of Stubbs Hall—injuring a worker and damaging the building that housed the boiler. The employee is said to be recovering and “doing well,” according to a statement released from the university. “The university identified procedural weaknesses and addressed those by implementing additional checks and balances for deferred maintenance and safety issues, thus reducing the probability of a similar reoccurrence,” the statement said. According to the Fire Marshal’s

Office, the boiler in question had already been cited for deficiencies. Repairs were not made and it was placed back into use, according to Deputy Chief Brant Thompson of the Fire Marshal’s Office. “It could have certainly been worse,” Thompson said. “The doorway was open, which allowed some of the pressure to be relieved when it occurred.” The Fire Marshal’s Office investigated 13 boilers on campus. Nine were in use with valid certificates. Four were not but had already had their gas service cut. The building that housed the exploded boiler will need to be repaired since it sustained heavy damage after the explosion. Thompson said the university has been “very cooperative” throughout the entire investigation.

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The university received a “D” grade from the Louisiana Legislative Auditors report, which cited fraudulence and misappropriation of funds totaling $58,554 in the Department of Recreational Services. The report also stated that more funds could be missing because “some pre-ordered receipts had been totally removed from the receipt books and approximately three months of cash register tapes were not located.” President Nick Bruno said at a press conference on Thursday the “D” grade “doesn’t reflect the overall status of the university’s financial conditions and/or controls” but reflects only specific items within the report. “The whole purpose of the internal audit is to identify issues like this whenever possible and minimize the impact on the institution,” Bruno said. The university became aware

that revenues in the Department of Recreational Services appeared “less than expected” and began an investigation in July 2012. After the internal investigation was completed in October 2012, it was discovered that there was a misappropriation of funds by one or more employees. Record keeping was weak, which allowed for individuals to access the cash. The $58,554 was acquired over a year’s time. K i r b y Campbell directed the internal audit and found that more funds could be unaccounted Campbell for. “There’s no way to determine if more funds are missing because the records are missing,” Campbell said. Bruno said the problem had already been resolved by the time university officials reported the

$58,554 The amount of money missing from the Department of Recreational Services discovered by the auditor

purpose of the audit is to identify issues like this.” Nick Bruno, University President

incident to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. Bruno said corrective measures were taken and the employees involved are no longer working at the university. “It is our commitment to be good stewards of the state’s funds and to protect the assets of the state of Louisiana,” Bruno said. The auditor’s report is done every two years. This audit was conducted through the University of Louisiana System to evaluate its accountability over public funds for the period July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2012. The full audit report is available at www. Campbell also said the university sent in an insurance claim to the Department of Risk Management requesting reimbursement. The Legislative Auditor serves as a watchdog over finances of local and state governments. It also conducts more than 3,500 independent financial and performance audits on universities, colleges and state agencies. contact Emma Herrock at

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90s: Last decade of good, classic music

SHELBY DESOTO Whether it’s Justin Bieber, One Direction, Katy Perry or one of the many dreadful others, music is not what it used to be. The generation I grew up in was arguably the last generation of great music. Instead of using their music to send a positive message and educate their fans, today we have artists singing about going to the club, drinking and sleeping around. It’s hard for me to see any different when every top 40 song reaffirms this– and it is a shame. I try to avoid this new music as much as I can, and 90s music provides a great escape from the everyday imitation of club-pop music. Back then, more bands and artists created their own sound and style. For example, look at No Doubt and Spice Girls. No Doubt introduced us to the idea of a female lead singer and how awesome punk rock was.

The Spice Girls taught us about girl power, along with their crazy British jargon. During the season of boy bands and female pop artists, Destiny’s Child mixed the idea of hip-hop with a female super group. They were fun, sexy and sang from the heart. Rock bands like Third Eye Blind, Blink 182 and Goo Goo Dolls created timeless songs, which I bet if you heard one right now you’d be able to sing every word. They make me want a semi-charmed life with all the small things, while no one would know my name. Metal band Rage Against the Machine took a political, and inevitably influential, approach to their lyrics. Linkin Park mixed rap and rock together and broke the mold using keyboards, two lead singers and their drive to explore new ways to create great music. Rappers Tupac and Notorious BIG had songs about racism, violence and the hardship they witnessed growing up. Both artists are remembered for their great contributions to rap music, but I think their true influence has been neglected in these recent years. In the short time that Nirvana was around, grunge thrived with “Smells

Like Teen Spirit” launching them to stardom. They set the tone with their unique style of rock, loud dynamic chorus and guitar riffs. TLC was an amazing group of ladies that went too soon. They were hip-hop with a feminine twist, reminiscent of Salt N Pepa. Listening to them, it’s pretty obvious why “No Scrubs” was my favorite song in the fourth grade. There were so many incredible artists to listen to back in the 90s; it’s hard to look back and choose just one as my favorite. But there aren’t nearly enough artists to choose from this era, as we’re bombarded with the same people and the same type of music. The 90s generation of music is a time capsule of all the creativity from these artists. Each genre is just as good as the next and I don’t have to pick and choose which one I want to listen to like I have to today. I wish today’s music was just as unique and innovative, but maybe that’s what makes 90s music more appreciated. Today’s artists should look up to this generation because they have much to learn. contact Shelby DeSoto at

Lower your voice then maybe you’ll be heard JACLYN JONES Everyone wants to be right. And if not, they at least want to be heard. Unfortunately, we live in a society where people often find they need to yell in order to be heard. It’s unfortunate. And contrary to popular belief, “yelling” is not a way to be heard, nor does it successfully get your point across. In reality, “yelling” does nothing but create tension and inadvertently—more yelling.

Take for instance television show “Maury Povich.” We’ve all seen, or at least heard of, the talk show. On the show, participants deny rumors of infidelities. But they don’t do it by simply stating it. Oh no, that’ll be too hard. Instead, they’ll yell obscenities to the person sitting directly next to them. And in return, the person being yelled at does what—yells back. The person denying the rumors could be telling the truth and have a valid point in their argument. But after getting loud and belligerent, their point does nothing but get lost in the mix. Even in courtrooms, lawyers tend to raise their voices when questioning the witness. And most of the time, the witness—feeling pressured and as if they aren’t being heard—will raise

their voice in return. Believe me, I understand the struggle of maintaining composure when being lied on, lied to or just being told some ridiculous nonsense, but I also understand the importance of staying calm. I’ve witnessed firsthand conflict, which could’ve been resolved with a simple conversation, get out of hand because the wrong tone of voice was used. Instead of letting someone upset you to the point where you lose your temper, sit back and ask a question— is this person worth your anger? If not, walk away. If so, walk away and let them cool off. Either way, don’t yell. It solves nothing. contact Jaclyn Jones at


New semester should bring excitement Welcome back Warhawks and happy New Year! We’re one full semester down, and have only one more to go until the end of the school year. While the Hawkeye hopes you’ve enjoyed your winter break, we also hope you’re just as excited as us about what the new semester has in store. Not a dull moment should pass you by as so many exciting events are scheduled to take place this spring. New classes, new professors and the opportunity to meet new people—and for graduating seniors a few more connections—are just some of the many things students will get a chance to enjoy this semester. Along with supporting our fellow Warhawks as the new season for many sports, including basketball, baseball, golf and track begins, the Hawkeye also hopes you all take a jab at the many opportunities presented this spring, such as the annual career fair. Of course you’ll have a chance to relieve some of the stress, that school is sure to cause, during Mardi Gras and Spring Break. And we can’t forget about Spring Fever, which is sure to bring a huge amount of excitement to campus, as well as commencement for the graduating seniors. The Hawkeye is eager about the new semester. We welcome you back and hope you enjoy your spring semester and the many activities and opportunities it offers.

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Louisianans make their marks in film

Citizens from Monroe to Houma engage in industry by Garrett Boyte

Two films made their way to the Oscar nominations that have their roots in Louisiana. “Django Unchained” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” are on the list of nods for the 85th annual award show. A student filmmaker at ULM may not win any Oscars, this year, but he plans to showcase his recent short “Some Mature Content” at festivals here in the state. Justin Hawn, a senior music major, started making his movie recently and plans to release it soon. “I didn’t have to deal with the film commission for this project, but usually they are very accommodating,” Hawn said. While Hawn didn’t take advantage of the tax credits offered by the state, plenty of others in the industry do. The state offers a 35 percent tax credit to filmmakers who spend more than $300,000 in the state. The office of Louisiana Economic Development estimates that in 2010 over 100 movies, television shows and other entertainment programs were made in Louisiana, which equals more

than $800 million of spending in the state. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is an indie film starring a girl from Terrebonne Parish who is the youngest actress to receive a nomination from the Academy, according to Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Quvenzhané Wallis received a best actress in a leading role nomination from the Academy for her portrayal of 6-year-old Hushpuppy in Dardenne the movie. “Hopefully when the Oscars are over, we can say this is the second year Louisiana has won,” Dardenne said. Last year “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” won best animated short. The Office of the Lt. Governor oversees tourism in the state. Dardenne said the film and music boom in Louisiana has helped out with the state’s tourism industry. “Any attention given to Louisiana is good for the state,” he said. “It [the entertainment industry] continues to be a great magnet to attract people to Louisiana.”

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Glen Aucoin (left), ULM student John Price (middle) and Croix Provence (right) are the stars of “Some Mature Content,” a fiilm produced by ULM student Justin Hawn and filmed in Monroe.

Dardenne said the exposure from television shows set in Louisiana such as Swamp People and Duck Dynasty helps bring tourists to the state. His office collected more than 11,000 emails from out-of-state

State fails to comply with DHS Legislature has matter of months to meet standards by Jaclyn Jones

The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily postponed the requirement, originally planned to go in effect Jan. 15, that all Louisiana residents have a passport to fly from the state—no matter where they’re going. Louisiana residents used to only need a state identification card, such as a driver’s license, to board commercial aircrafts when flying domestically. But that may change as Louisiana is one of the many states who fail to meet the standards of the REAL ID Act of 2005, according to Homeland Security. As of right now, only 13 states are in compliance with the act, which was created in response to Sept. 11 as a way to make it easier for individuals to be identified and would have included certain security features on


Number of states that follow the reqirements under the REAL ID Act ID cards and driver’s licenses. Many state legislatures passed laws to prohibit their states’ DMVs from enacting any changes to their ID policies. Louisiana passed legislation in 2008 refusing to comply with the law citing concerns about the lack of privacy and increased threat of identity theft. “I’ve never even heard of this,” said Keishanda Simmons, a freshman pre-nursing major. “This is so unnecessary.” DHS still plans to implement the Act “in a measured, fair and responsible way” and is expected to present a schedule they plan to follow

when doing so. “There is always some issue going on. Now we’re going to need passports to fly to Texas…really,”Simmons said. Senior management major Jaquita Smith understands the need for a passport when flying out of the county, but doesn’t like the idea of needing one to fly domestically. “It’s crazy that I might need a passport to fly to Georgia,” Smith said. “I guess I’ll just be driving if that happens.” The plan is expected to be presented by early fall and put Smith into action soon after. Until then, state IDs and drivers licenses can continue to be accepted when flying domestically. The federal government has offered more than $800 million in grant money to states willing to meet the requirements. contact Jaclyn Jones at

people, who entered a contest for a trip to the Atchafalaya Basin after seeing an exhibit of a swamp built by the History Channel in Chelsea Market in New York City. Dardenne’s office has dedicated 2013 to music in Louisiana as a

part of its “Pick Your Passion” tour. And with eight Louisianans up for Grammys this year, Dardenne is looking forward to Louisiana keeping its footing in the industry. contact Garrett Boyte at


Credit union opens near campus; offers services for students Centric Federal Credit Union will have a grand opening for its new “university branch” at 9 a.m. on Tuesday located at 710 Hwy 165 in Monroe. Refreshments will be served and there will be opportunities to win gift cards, iPods and cash prizes. Centric offers mobile services as well as online banking called “MyCentric.” Certain discounts with Sprint, GMC, DirectTV and Dell are available to Centric members. Centric has a “free-er than free” checking account that includes many free services like a debit card, e-statement and access to MyCentric. Members of Centric can also look into “shared branching,” which means members are able to make deposits to thousands of credit unions throughout the United States without a charge or fee applied. All of these services provides Centric members with a free mobile app that will direct them to any ATM within a five mile radius. For more information go to

Referendum proposal to be ready soon The Student Government Association has nearly completed their proposal for the upcoming referendum, according to SGA VIce President Jessica Richardson. SGA President Calvin Stafford said that the group plans to have a proposal ready by the end of this week. The SGA officers will present the plans to the Senate for a vote before the plans are sent to Baton Rouge for approval. Once approved the plans will be voted on by students.

Search for Arts and Sciences dean goes on Jan. 11 was the last day for people to apply for the Arts and Science Dean’s post. Ron Berry, dean of the College of Business, is leading the committee to replace Dean Jeff Cass after he left the University. Berry said the committee will review the applications at their next meeting. Michael Camille is currently the interim dean of the college.

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Police department offers more than parking tickets Wide range of services available to students by Garrett Boyte

“Do you remember in first grade when they told you to write down what you wanted to be when you grow up and to watch how it changed?” asked Steven Mahon, an investigator at the ULM Police Department. “Mine never did.” Mahon started out at the Delhi Police Department in 2002. From there he went on to work for the Department of State training police in Iraq. Now he tracks down thieves who are foolish enough to commit a crime around this campus’ watchdogs. The ULMPD began as a security department more than 20 years ago. Today, all of its members are statecertified law enforcement officers, with jurisdiction anywhere in Louisiana. The department is supported by a staff of 17 people, state-ofthe-art communication equipment, a campus full of cameras and the aid of Mahon other local police departments. The officers have Peace Officer Standard Training certified. They’re certified with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. And they’re working on getting every officer emergency medical training. All of this helps the department provide the best services it can to the students at ULM. The department will do everything from unlocking your car to escorting you across campus if you don’t feel safe. Acting Police Chief Montez Pate said ULM is one of the safest, if not the safest, campus in the state. “We’re a proactive department,” Pate said. “Our primary concern is safety of the students.” Pate has 30 years of experience in police work with nearly 20 of those years spent at ULM. Pate said that a part of student safety is traffic patrol. Even though it’s the “ULM” Police Department, they can write a ticket anywhere in Monroe, or the state for that matter. According to the department’s website, the campus saw a 62 percent

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The patches (above) show the history of the ULM Police Department. Just as the university has changed, so has the department. Officer Brian Martin (below) shows off the badge worn by ULMPD.

Ellerman retires after decades of service to university, students by Garrett Boyte

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Montez Pate, Acting Chief of the ULM Police Department discusses how the ULMPD works hard to provide a safe place for students to learn.

DID YOU KNOW? The ULM Police Department offers many services to students such as jump starting a dead car battery or unlocking a car. Just give them a call at (318) 3425350. Dial 911 for an emergency. drop in on-campus crime from 2010 to 2011. It also saw a 31 percent decline in overall on campus arrests in 2011. It brought down it’s total number of illegal weapon possession arrests to zero. But if ULM were to go the way of other universities, such as Virginia Tech, Pate said his department would be ready. “Most of our officers have been ‘active shooter’ trained,” Pate said. The department is working on setting up drills on campus to prepare police for the possibility that a gun-

man could wander onto the campus. “Used to they told you to wait for your back up,” he said. “But now they say that if it is an active shooter, to take action.” With more than 200 years of combined, law enforcement experience, ULMPD protects and serves this campus with pride. Students can visit the department’s website to see a full list of services the department offers as well as other crime statistics and reports. contact Garrett Boyte at

ULM Police Chief Larry Ellerman has retired from his service after being on administrative leave since early December. His retirement from the department has been planned for some time now. Captain Dan Chason remains on administrative leave. It is unclear when or if he will be returning. “Our investigation continues,” ULM spokesperson Laura Clark said in an email. “Decisions related to management structures have not yet been made.” Police Lieutenant Montez Pate has taken over as acting chief of the

department to temporarily oversee its day-to-day functions. “He brought this department a long way,” Pate said about Ellerman. “We went from just a few men with just a couple of Ellerman cars that you were kind of ashamed to drive to what we have today.” contact Garrett Boyte at




Resolutions mean self-reinvention By Jaclyn Jones

Truth is: Easier said than done. Only eight percent of people actually complete the goals according to the JCP. One reason so many resolutions are not met is because they are not specific enough. Instead of planning to lose weight, plan to lose five pounds in 30 days. Instead of planning to eat healthier, plan to eat more green vegetables. Incentives are always an effective way to help push people to meet their goals. Businesses and companies are happy to oblige. This year Dick’s Sporting Goods is presenting the “New Year’s Pledge,” offering someone a chance to win a prize for meeting their resolution. The Nutrisystem weight loss program is also offering a “New Year NEW YOU” sweepstakes where you could be entered in a chance to win prize money. While some people are busy trying to reach their newfound goals, others are wondering why one waits until the first of the year to make a change when they had an entire year before to make one. “I believe you should be striving to better yourself every day, not just for the New Year,” said Abbie Williams, a junior history major.

Once the clock strikes midnight and New Years kisses are made, the next step for almost half of America is to make a New Years resolution. Whether it’s saving money or taking a trip to Las Vegas to blow it all, 45 percent of Americans commit to making some type of change each New Year, according to the University of Scranton’s Journal of Clinical Psychology. Senior kinesiology major, Shanetra Harris aimed for self-improvement this year. “I wanted to be more positive towards things, distance myself from negative people and focus on things that make me happy,” Harris said. Cleaning out phonebooks and deleting Facebook “randoms” are common practices for people looking to symbolically start afresh for the year. “I had to end my love/hate relationship with procrastination for good,” said Rokyea Penny, a junior dental hygiene major. Most people spend the end of the year celebrating the holidays and pigging out with friends and family- so it is no surprise that “getting fit” is a popular resolution. Resolutions give people the motivation they need to set goals they might otherwise contact Jaclyn Jones at not set for themselves.

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5 highlights of 2012 Highest Grossing Movie:

The Avengers raked in $1.5 billion.

Most albums sold:

Adele’s album, ‘21’, has remained the top selling album for the past 2 consecutive years.

Highest paid actress: Top 2 baby names: Aiden and Sophia were the most popular baby names of 2012.

Gabby Douglas: She was the first African American gymnast in Olympic history to win individual allaround gold.



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Kristen Stewart was the youngest actress to appear on the Forbes list of highest paid actresses.


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Online dating: Doing it digital style Why keeping it real in a virtual world is important. By Catherine Morrison

Chivalry is dead, is human interaction next? Online dating is climbing up the popularity scale more and more. With an estimated 54 million single people in the U.S., according to, alternative methods to dating seem to be the new norm. There are countless numbers of online dating sites claiming to have soul mates awaiting anyone who is willing to sign up. “I think people date online for several different reasons. A lot of people are just too busy to go out and try to meet people regularly, and it’s much more easy and convenient to do things online,” said Aaron Willett, a senior music and theory composition major. Willett said he has tried Match. com. Plenty of Fish ( is a free online dating website that has be-

come quite common among college students, and ULM students are no exception. One of the site’s allures is that it is free. Since most college students cannot afford to pay for a dating costs about $250 for a year’s subscription- Plenty of Fish is a more sensible option. In fact, it is so common that some students have found themselves running into other students on the site

that they already know- making for some embarrassing encounters. “I joined Plenty Of Fish. Turns outso did a lot of people I knew. This led me to delete my account soon after actually,” said Jessica Simms, a sophomore kinesiology major. The media have done a good job instilling the fear of online dating to people everywhere with movies such as “Catfish” and “Hard Candy.” Even though valuable lessons can

Illustration by Michelle McDaniel

Catfish: Reeling in love and lies MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show” has brought a new perspective of social networking to its viewers. The show follows people through their online dating endeavors as drama and lies unfold in front of the camera. The reality show is a spin-off of the recent Sundance film documentary “Catfish.” The film followed photographer, Yaniv ‘Nev’ Schulman through his long-distance relationship that was held over the Internet. The “Catfish” page on defines catfish as pretending to be someone you’re not online by posting false information, such as someone else’s pictures, on social media sites. This show follows couples in “Catfish” experiences. Nev and his friend Max Joseph help the couples connect face to face to determine if they’re actually who they say they are.

be learned from movies about the dangers of online dating, love can make people do crazy things- like make unsafe decisions. “If someone isn’t willing to snap a picture with his or her name and the date on it for you in this day and age of technology, alarms should be going off in your head,” said Kacie Mathieu, a senior nursing major. Mathieu said she has tried online dating and has actually busted peo-

Catfish: The TV Show New episodes air Mondays at 7 p.m. on MTV. Also catch the Catfish documentary Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on MTV.

Yaniv ‘Nev’ Schulman is the host of “Catfish: The TV Show.” His relationship was also followed during the documentary “Catfish,” as he fell in love with a girl who never really existed.

ple creating fake profiles. Sites may look safe and the people you meet might seem that way too. The computer screen is like a shield. Once that is gone, both parties involved are left vulnerable for either love or attack. Personal discretion is generally advised when pursuing an online relationship. For instance, openly states on their website that they do not do criminal background checks on their users. The average length of time that people “date” before marriage is almost cut in half when the “dating” begins online instead of in person according to Some students feel this is not enough time to get to know someone and that dating online is a bit drastic for people as young as college students to take. “I feel that while I’m in college I can meet someone naturally, but if I get into my thirties I would definitely try it,” said Katie Anyan, a freshman. art major. contact Catherine Morrison at

Instagram, Facebook making photography industry shutter By Shelby DeSoto

From Facebook to Instagram, documenting our lives has become essential to society. There seems to be an increase of people on Facebook creating photography business pages. Thanks to creative digital additions like Photoshop and other editing tools, just about anyone can pick up a camera and call themselves photographers. It is one thing to pay over $600 for a camera but knowing how to use it is another. Staci Albritton attributes her success to her customer service and quality of the finished product, something many newbies might not have. “[Customers] want a true professional, they want it done right,”Albritton said. Senior speech language pathology major Holly Hendrix works for Albritton and said she has noticed a decline in high school senior portraits. “I think a lot of people doing amateur photography are aiming at seniors because it’s easier to do than something like newborn photos,”

said Hendrix. Albritton Photography focuses a lot on quality, which is important to their customers. An amateur photographer will not have the same experience as a licensed photographer who knows how to manage a business, too. Knowing photography is an accredited major at most universities, it is plain to see one must be taught the ins and outs of the trade. Many courses like fashion and archaeological photography show how broad the field really is. “Photographers need to know how to market and sell their products. There are a lot of photography schools and many programs offered like Professional Photographers of Louisiana and Professional Photographers of America,” said Albritton. She said that if they are really interested in this career path, then they should take classes and major in it if they can. contact Shelby DeSoto at



January 14, 2013

FREESTYLE today in history


Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain’s Queen Victoria.


Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage lasted only nine months.


An explosion aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise off Hawaii killed 25 crew members.


Becoming the next little miss homemaker just got Pinteresting by Catherine Morrison

After years of fighting their way out of the kitchen, women are now flocking right back thanks to the social networking site Pinterest. Do you ever find yourself in an emergency situation that warrants you to bake mini doughnuts the size of Cheerios? Have you ever found yourself in dire need of a detailed explanation on how to paint the perfect chevron designs on your wall? Maybe you have never experienced such crises as mentioned above, but there is a welcoming, safe place for those who have. Pinterest allows women everywhere to plan out, in creepy detail, weddings to men they have not even met yet. It does not matter if you are single, you can live vicariously through your “wedding board” instead of going out and actually finding a real man to marry. Of course Pinterest is not just

about love, they sincerely care about your health too. The diet plans must work well because they are attached to pictures of extremely athletic and tan women sprinting across mountaintops- because we all know that switching to Diet Coke gives you abs and a tan. Pinterest has also introduced the female species to a new sport, “Who’s the next Betty Crocker?” Now women have to worry about if their child’s birthday party will be as lavishly decorated as little Susie Q’s party was. Except now everything has to be homemade and look like the Pinterest goddesses from above created it. If you are a fashionista then Pinterest has something for you too. Remember that expensive fur coat that you saw at the mall last weekend? Pinterest can show you how to make the exact coat out of a trash bag and an aluminum can.

Sometimes amidst all of the fashion, dieting and baking, life can get kind of tough. Luckily, Pinterest provides plenty of inspirational quotes to pick us up when we get down. These life-changing words of wisdom have cleverly been dubbed, “pinspirational.” The irony? Pinterest was created by two men.

contact Catherine Morrison at

‘Django Unchained’ delivers holiday fun Across 1 Restraint at a rodeo 6 Magnum __ 10 Telegraph “T” 13 Respond to 14 Receive with relish 16 Headline-making NYSE event 17 What makes a cat a cat? 19 Pro at balancing: Abbr. 20 Second-smallest st. 21 To date 22 Elevated church area 24 Greek vowel 25 Bearish directors? 28 State from which the Utah Territory was formed 30 Tarzan, for one 31 No longer in 32 Prefix with culture 33 Former word for former days 34 Sea dog who’s actually a wolf? 39 Calendar pg. 42 Texter’s “Zounds!” 43 Many a Johann Strauss work 47 Muscle Shoals site 50 Countless 52 Dogs who inspire artists? 54 Marshal at Waterloo

55 “__ Schoolchildren”: Tracy Kidder book 56 Nancy Drew’s beau 57 Econ. measure 58 San Francisco’s __ Hill 59 Deliverers of certain farm news? 64 Shakespeare title word 65 French income 66 iComfort mattress maker 67 Shooting locale 68 1967 #1 hit “Somethin’ Stupid,” e.g. 69 Former “NOVA scienceNOW” host Neil deGrasse __ Down 1 Churchill’s “so few”: Abbr. 2 Summer quencher 3 In any event 4 Slave 5 Wilson of Heart 6 Least fresh 7 Story opener 8 Org. managed by Scripps until 1982 9 Soccer mom’s ride 10 Work with a steno 11 Worn things 12 Accumulated to a fault 15 R&B singer Bryson

18 Lake __, Australia’s lowest point 23 Sever, with “off” 24 Announcer Hall 25 Language spoken in New Delhi 26 Church section 27 Change, in a way 29 Unadon fillets 32 Taiwanese-born Lee 35 Apple or pear 36 Mosque leader 37 PDA add-ons 38 Foolish talk 39 Tropical birds that run on lily pads 40 Fashionable 41 Hypothetical hightech predator in Crichton’s “Prey” 44 Banks, e.g. 45 Abides by 46 “__ objections?” 48 Storage unit 49 Steamed state 50 Online discussion venue 51 Assyrian’s foe 53 Link 57 Like rainy London skies 60 Logical abbr. 61 Onetime Burmese statesman 62 L.A. setting 63 __ Mateo, California


ADAM HUNSUCKER “Django Unchained” is the latest wickedly entertaining offering from Quentin Tarantino. And never before has revisionist history been this much fun. Jamie Foxx stars as a freed slave partnered up with German bounty hunter King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his beloved wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from sadistic boy-king plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). “Django” expands on many of the revenge fantasies Tarantino has spent the last decade crafting, while also inventing an entire new genre of filmmaking. By taking many of the motifs associated with “Spaghetti Westerns” and transporting them to the American South, Tarantino has created the “Southern,” turning the heart of Dixie

into a sprawling, alien frontier. As should be expected from a film directed by the modern-day king of Grindhouse cinema, “Django” doesn’t pull any punches with violence, but manages to strike a balance between brutal depictions of slavery and the slapstick hilarity of a “Tom & Jerry” cartoon. That balance is necessary when dealing with a subject as weighty as

slavery. Tarantino pulls this off wonderfully in a scene involving the Ku Klux Klan that feels more like “Blazing Saddles” than “Unforgiven.” Samuel L. Jackson steals the show as Stephen, the loyal and sadistic house-slave who’s actually running the show at the plantation.” Longtime Tarantino collaborator, the RZA is once again on point with the film’s music, using everything from Italian composers to Rick Ross to give the film a frantic, kinetic energy. The film drags a bit as it transitions from Act II to Act III, and one may wonder why Tarantino chose to limit Kerry Washington in the role of Broomhilda. But make no mistake. There’s a lot to like here for Tarantino diehards and causal viewers alike. Critics seem to be puzzled by what to make of “Django,” fixating on historical accuracy, the 783 uses of the n-word and flailing for subtext in the material that may or may not be there. That’s fine. But it misses the point. “Django Unchained” is a guilty pleasure for moviegoers looking to bypass family feel-good stories this winter. contact Adam Hunsucker at

January 14, 2013




Berry, ULM agree to contract extension ALL-SUN BELT WARHAWKS

Photo by Daniel Russell

The home crowd cheers on the Warhawks in the Battle on the Bayou against rival Louisiana-Lafayette.

New deal keeps football coach at ULM through 2016 season On the heels of an 8-5 season--ULM’s best in 25 years--head football coach Todd Berry has received a four-year contract extension. The agreement was approved on Friday by the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors and runs through the 2016 season. “I am excited about the opportunity to continue my coaching career at ULM,” Berry said. “I am appreciative of the university’s efforts to make our program better and we are doing our part as we continue to strive to be strong both on and off the field.” Berry’s new deal pays him an annual base salary of $200,000. The ULM Athletic Foundation will also provide an additional $50,000 in salary that increases to $100,000 after the 2013 season. Berry is eligible for several salary incentives based on team performance. He will receive an extra $25,000 for winning a conference championship and playing in a bowl game. A bowl bid will net Berry an additional $5,000. Since becoming ULM’s coach in December of 2009, Berry has compiled a 17-20 record with one bowl appearance in the 2012 Independence Bowl.

Sun Belt Superlatives:

Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year: Kolton Browning Sun Belt Coach of the Year: Todd Berry 1st Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense: Brent Leonard - WR 2nd Team All-Sun Belt Conference Offense: Kolton Browning - QB Jonathon Gill - OL Josh Allen - OL 2nd Team All-Sun Belt Conference Defense: R.J. Young - LB Isaiah Newsome - DB Honorable Mention: Je’Ron Hamm - WR DaCorris Ford - LB


Wednesday, 1-16 ULM Women’s Alabama




Thursday, 1-17 ULM Men’s Basketball: vs. South Alabama

Saturday, 1-19 ULM Men’s Basketball: vs . Arkansas State All games tip off at 7:05 p.m.

“This is the beginning, not the end.” Todd Berry, On the upward tragectory of ULM football

ULM led the conference with 16 INTS Kolton Browning led the Sun Belt in total offense Brent Leonard led the Sun Belt in receptions per game Fumble recoveries from R.J. Young, which led the Sun Belt Most points scored in a game by a Sun Belt team, ULM against Tulane

Photo by Daniel Russell

Berry leads the Warhawks onto the field at Malone Stadium. ULM produced a 3-2 record at home this season, it’s best since 2010.

Dispatches from the Sports Desk: Episode I Greetings and a word on player safety

ADAM HUNSUCKER We might as well start here. While most of America was trying to pull AJ McCarron’s girl on twitter, I was busy thinking of ways to begin this column. Why? Because I’m your new sports editor. So as we begin this new endeavor,

it’s probably best to get the pleasantries out of the way first. For starters, welcome back. We’ll be together for the rest of the semester, so let me tell you a little bit about myself. If you’re a frequent peruser of this newspaper, chances are you’ve come across me before. Cool. I’m from Tennessee, and even though I’ve lived all over the place-there, Kansas City, Austin and now Monroe—“Rocky Top” will always be home sweet home to me. Also, I’m a grad student—an older one at that—so if I reference something you’ve never heard of, don’t feel bad. I won’t hold it against you. That’s why Al Gore invented Google. Or something like that. At the sport’s desk, our job is to

provide you with quality content and thoughtful analysis about all things ULM related and in the sport’s world. You might even get a slight chuckle along the way. You may as well, they’re free. Both your laughs and this paper. Now, let’s get started.

CTE IS THE NEXT STEP I saw Junior Seau play on a cold, rain-soaked Kansas City afternoon in 1996. I was 11, and my dad thought sitting at Arrowhead Stadium in a torrential downpour accompanied by a 15 degree wind chill was a great opportunity for some male bonding. ULM great Stan Humphries quarterbacked the Chargers that day as they destroyed the Chiefs. But what stood out in my adolescent mind was

Seau. He only had seven tackles that day, but it seemed like more. Seau was everywhere at once. Reminiscent of how his fellow Southern Californians “Rage Against The Machine” played rock music. Like the gritty intensity and sonic fury of Tom Morello’s guitar personified. I thought about that game when the news broke that Seau suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) when he took his own life back in May. CTE doesn’t receive the same notoriety as the concussions we’ve become accustom to seeing as football fans, but it’s effects are just as serious. Unlike concussions that result from massive head trauma, CTE is the result of repetitive, sub-concussive blows that build up over time

and degenrate the brain. The kind of blows that a linebacker would sustain making tackle after tackle at 100 miles-an-hour. The NFL saw fit to release a statement regarding the findings—an inprovement from essentially ignoringformer safety and CTE victim Andre Waters’ suicide in 2006—but more needs to be done to prevent CTE. Monitoring hits to the head, limiting the amount of contact during practice and continued education is a good place to start. The treatment of concussions by team-doctors has gradually gotten better over time, but if the NFL is serious about player safety, then it’s time to treat CTE with the same level of concern. contact Adam Hunsucker at



January 14, 2013


ULM storms back, comes up short against Blue Raiders by Adam Hunsucker

photo by Emi McIntyre

Jayon James drives to the basket against a Middle Tennessee defender on Saturday night at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Keith Richard issued a challenge to his team at halftime. The first half had gone about as bad as it could for ULM. A barrage of turnovers and missed opportunities at the rim placed the Warhawks (310) in a 34-19 hole at the intermission against first-place Middle Tennessee. Richard didn’t panic. He knew his gameplan was sound and encouraged his team to keep competing. “The only thing we really talked about at halftime was don’t hang your head because you’re down,” Richard said. “They [MT] are a team that will destroy you if you don’t come out and fight.” The coach was right. Those shots at the rim started falling. And with guard Amos Olatayo springboarding a 12-2 ULM run, the Warhawks pulled within two of MT at the eleven minute-mark in the second half. The Blue Raiders (14-4, 6-1) ended up pulling away 66-57. But ULM made it interesting for awhile. MT’s length made the difference on the de-

Blue Raiders 66, Warhawks 57 ULM MT

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ULM - Olatayo 9-15 3-5 24, James 3-11 4-8 10 McCray 3-8 2-2 10, Hansberry 2-7 1-2 5 Lindsey 2-4 0-0 4, Brown 1-2 0-2 2 Mackey 0-3 2-2 2, Koszuta 0-0 0-0 0 MT - Knight 7-13 3-4 17, Massey 2-5 8-8 12 Hunter 4-7 0-1 9, Walker 3-6 2-2 8 Sulton 3-6 2-4 8, Jones, S 3-6 0-0 6 Hammonds 0-3 4-4 4, Cintron 0-5 2-2 2 Knight 0-0 0-0 0, Jones, J 0-0 0-1 0 Rozier 0-0 0-0 0 3-point goals: - ULM 5-12, MT 1-8, Fouled Out: None Rebounds: ULM 22 (Brown 5), MT 40 (Sulton, 10), Assists: ULM 11, MT 12, Total Fouls: ULM 21, MT 18

fensive end, allowing them to come away with seven blocks, eight steals and a 40-22 rebounding advantage. “I’m disappointed we lost, but I’m also satisfied that our team competed like I asked them to,” Richard said. “I want them playing hard even if I’ve got to fight them, which I did sometimes to keep them motoring and learning how to compete against the best team in our league.” Olatayo was ULM’s leading scorer with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The junior rounded out his stat line with four rebounds and two blocks, while also making plays on the fast

“They are a team that will destroy you if you don’t come out and fight.” Keith Richard, Men’s basketball coach break. “Amos was really running out there and showing his athleticism. He really showed that he could play for either team tonight,” Richard said. Junior Jayon James added 10 points and five assists for ULM, and junior R.J. McCray posted 10 points and two steals. ULM also held the Blue Raiders two points below their season scoring average. Marcos Knight led MT with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists. contact Adam Hunsucker at

Warhawks struggle defensively against Middle Tennessee by Adam Hunsucker

Following a quick turnaround from Thursday’s win at Troy, ULM fell 66-48 to Middle Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Head coach Mona Martin knew slowing down the Blue Raiders (11-5, 6-1) would be a challenge, especially on two days rest. “We battled at points,” Martin said. “But they just have so many weapons, and it’s hard to overcome that.” Ashleigh Simmons recorded her third double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with Ebony Rowe of MT. Rowe—the Sun Belt’s second leading scorer —finished with 32 points and nine rebounds. The Warhawks (3-13, 1-6) struggled defensively keeping Rowe out of the paint and off the free throw line. “We let her get right up under the goal and she’s gonna dominate when she does that,” Martin said. MT took advantage of a fast start to build a 16-point halftime lead. ULM cut the score to 11 early in the second half thanks to five-straight points by Simmons. But an untimely turnover by Alexar Tugler sparked a run by the Blue Raiders that ballooned into a 20-point deficit at the eight-minute

Blue Raiders 66, Warhawks 48 ULM MT

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ULM - Simmons 6-9 3-9 15, Shin 3-5 0-0 9` Tugler, E 3-6 1-4 8, Shaw 3-9 1-2 7 Gray 2-6 1-2 5, Holley 2-2 0-0 4 Tugler, A 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter 0-0 0-0 0 Pierson 0-0 0-0 0, Aune 0-0 0-0 0 Taylor 0-0 0-0 0 Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Lee 0-0 0-0 0 MT - Rowe 11-17 10-13 32, Elie 6-11 2-2 15 Jones 2-9 0-0 5, Brinkley 2-3 0-0 5 Warden 1-1 0-0 3, March 1-3 0-0 2 Cason 1-3 0-0 2, Stewart 1-5 0-0 2 Sells 0-1 0-0 0, Raynor 0-0 0-0 0 Myers 0-1 0-0 0 Johnson 0-2 0-2 0, Leonard 0-2 0-0 0 3-point goals: - ULM 4-11, MT 4-15, Fouled Out: None, Rebounds: ULM 33 (Simmons 10), MT 36 (Elie 10), Assists: ULM 10, MT 15, Total Fouls: ULM 13, MT 17

mark. Tugler forced a pass to Simmons resulting in a change of possession. “That could have cut it nine and maybe got us a little confidence, but instead that turnover made things better for them. They just went off on us,” Martin said. Martin was particularly disappointed with her team’s defense. ULM’s coaches attempted to gameplan around Rowe and guard Icelyn Elie, but could not prevent them from getting open looks. The Warhawks also gave up several easy baskets after failing to get back down the floor on defense.

photo by Emi McIntyre

ULM’s Alexar Tugler looks for an outlet against the Blue Raider’s trapping defense.

Although disappointed, Martin feels the team’s effort is there, but they often struggle with “maturity” issues. “That’s part of the game. You’ve got to be sprinting all the time,” Martin said. “Young players have to learn to

do that.” Simmons led the Warhawks with 15 points and 10 rebounds, going sixfor-nine from the field and three-ofnine at the free throw line. Elexar Tugler put up eight points and Jasmine Shaw seven. Jae Shin shot 60 per-

cent from the three and scored nine points. Rowe led the Blue Raiders in scoring while Elie contributed 15 points. contact Adam Hunsucker at

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