U.S. government: Other targets eyed prior to NYC subway plot

The Daily Reveille - April 17, 2012 - 12:00am

By: The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of becoming an al-Qaida operative discussed bombing New York City movie theaters, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square and the New York Stock Exchange before settling on the city’s subways, a federal prosecutor said Monday...

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Newt Gingrich bitten on finger by penguin at St. Louis zoo

The Daily Reveille - April 17, 2012 - 12:00am

By: The Assocaited Press

ST. LOUIS — At least one penguin at the St. Louis Zoo appears to be a feisty opponent of Newt Gingrich. The Republican presidential candidate is sporting a small bandage on his finger after getting nipped by a small penguin during his tour of th...

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UN council strongly condemns North Korea rocket launch

The Daily Reveille - April 17, 2012 - 12:00am

By: The Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea’s rocket launch Monday, announcing it will impose new sanctions and warning of further action if Pyongyang conducts another launch or a new nuclear test. Acting swiftly,...

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Cell phone left in restroom triggers Delta Air Lines bomb scare

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

By: The Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) — A Delta Air Lines flight bound for the United States made an emergency landing Monday in Dublin because a passenger left a cell phone plugged into a socket in one of the aircraft’s restrooms, police and aviation authorities said. Dubl...

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Two protesters climb atop Bahrain Embassy in UK and unveil banner

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

LONDON (AP) — Two protesters climbed onto the roof of the Bahraini Embassy in London on Monday, unfurling a banner in a protest aimed at the Gulf state’s ruling family. An Associated Press ph...

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Beyond the typical spring break trip

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

Sandy beaches are the stereotypical scene of most college students’ spring break excursions, but some students took advantage of the break to do something different. The Daily Reveille spoke with a few students who took a different route during their w...

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Letter to the Editor: Proposed changes to retirement affect students, faculty

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

This letter is to alert you to changes in the LSU retirement system proposed by the state Legislature. Perhaps you have heard some of the controversies surrounding this issue in the news. We at LSUnited want to briefly acquaint you with the proposed changes and how you can have a voice in this debate. For faculty, it’s a matter of protecting our retirement and stopping the erosion of benefits. For students, it’s a matter of protecting your education and stopping the erosion of the morale and quality of the LSU faculty.

Many of us faculty are alarmed by the state retirement proposals not only because we have not received raises for four years, so that our compensation has not kept up with inflation or the cost of living, but also because we now face the possibility of having our salaries, already significantly lower than those of our peer institutions, further taxed to pay for the legislative mismanagement of our retirement system.

For example, changes to the proposed defined benefit plan would impose what amounts to a 3-percent tax on salaries of faculty in TRSL (Teachers Retirement of Louisiana), effective July 1, 2012 (HB56, SB52). Other legislation, if passed, would close the traditional, defined-benefit plan to new employees and would burden current members of the plan with a higher contribution rate for the same or worse benefits. That’s a tax. The current ORP (Optional Retirement Plan), in which the majority of faculty participates, would be replaced for new faculty. All new faculty would be forced to choose between another defined contribution plan or the new cash-balance plan, depending on which legislation passed.

In either case, the employer’s contribution would be reduced from the current ORP level, which is already significantly below regional standards. And in either case there would be a five-year vestment period, which negates the main advantage of the current ORP plan: namely, portability.

In addition, at least one of the bills now before the Legislature, of some 40 introduced in this session on retirement alone, raises the retirement age to 67 years of age. For example, a faculty member who began at LSU at age 30, has been at LSU for 23 years, and planned to retire in seven years at age 60 would now have to work for an additional seven years before retiring. Faculty in this or a similar position are being penalized instead of rewarded for their good service to the many students they have taught and the state that has benefited from their research.

When faculty signed contracts with the state to teach at LSU, we trusted that those contracts would be honored. Now the state is trying to change the rules.

The faculty at LSU should be outraged by these proposed changes. They would affect our financial survival in the future. Even though we have an outstanding Faculty Senate, they are not allowed to lobby the Legislature. That reality greatly limits our voices; indeed, it silences us. As faculty, our only opportunity to be heard and to lobby is through LSUnited. Our dues support lobbyists who work for us and represent our interests at the Capitol. If you’re a faculty member, you care about your future and want to stop the erosion of the promises made to us when we were hired, join LSUnited. Our only chance is to stand together and speak with a common voice. Please join us.

Barbara Heifferon

LSUnited member



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Never Empty Thoughts: Save yourself the panic, prep for finals now

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

The tide has rolled out, spring break has ended and finals are less than three weeks away.

The painful week of exams will come faster than you anticipate. It’s usually important for students with borderline grades — or those looking to pass the class.

Sadly, teachers are still teaching new material. More than likely, this information will have a higher concentration on your final than anticipated, so start paying attention if you haven’t already.

With three weeks of class left until finals week, there’s still time to talk to professors and teaching assistants, start study groups and find that syllabus you stashed somewhere. Some professors also provide extra-credit assignments accepted at the end of the semester, so listen, read and ask around.

Apart from complaining to your friends about fatigue, the easiest thing to do during finals week is to figure out what will be on the test — yet many students forget to do so.

Knowing what will be on the exam is half the battle.

Another thing students forget before finals week is to be rational. Don’t anticipate earning a grade you aren’t capable of receiving.

In other words, don’t expect a 100 on a final if you haven’t earned higher than a 70 on the previous exams.

With that being said, never calculate the curve a professor could give while determining the score you need for the final. When you don’t add in the curves you could potentially receive, your grades will boost when they’re posted.

Or there may not be a curve, and you end up suffering.

Shockingly, not everyone knows that studying isn’t confined to silence in the library. Studying exists anywhere you can retain the information and interpret it for the exam.

Be open to different study methods. Going over material in groups tends to prove effective and motivates others at the same time, but remember to also study individually — which isn’t the same as reading over the material in bed.

The only time studying on your bed is acceptable is when you have substantial time before the exam or if you’re trying to cure insomnia.

Don’t stress yourself out during the time before finals, study at a pace and remember to take breaks. Breaks should be nothing longer than the actual study session, but ensure enough time to refresh your mind, grab a snack and watch the latest Lil Finals Week video on YouTube.

But if you do happen to stress out, avoid excessive food binging and wild energy drinks. Energy drinks may help you stay awake to study, but if you crash during the final, all your time and effort will be wasted.

At the end of the day, students fail to realize that finals week doesn’t have to be stressful. Many of your colleagues do well on their exams without pulling all-nighters and living in Middleton.

Take this reminder seriously and start reviewing now, before dead and finals week start.

By now you should know your own studying habits and abilities. Apply them accordingly and with rational thought.

And if you don’t enjoy the stress of finals and dead week, don’t put yourself in a situation where your final exam determines so much of your future in that course.

Marie-Therese Yokum is a 19-year-old mass communication and finance sophomore from Lafayette. Follow her on Twitter @TDR_myokum.



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Resolution suggests grade exclusion policy

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

As early as fall 2013, students could be able to repeat courses in which they’ve previously received lower than a “C” and have that previous grade excluded from their GPA.

The Faculty Senate passed a resolution to create a grade exclusion policy at its monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

The University’s current policy states a student can repeat a course and have the grades from multiple attempts averaged in his or her GPA.

University Registrar Robert Doolos said the resolution comes as a recommendation from the University’s retention committee.

“[The current policy] basically puts us at a disadvantage when it comes to completion rates compared to our peers,” Doolos said.

Student Government Director of Academics Thomas Rodgers, who read the resolution to the Senate, said students who want to take advantage of the policy will be required to report to their senior colleges to ask permission.

Rodgers said the grade will be excluded from the GPA after the student has completed his or her next attempt.

According to the resolution, students will be allowed to exclude grades for up to three courses, or 12 credit hours total.

Senate also heard two other resolutions for the first time.

One resolution proposes an investigation of the feasibility of a four-day class system, in which the University would only offer classes Monday through Thursday.

The other resolution would ban the use of cell phones for personal use in academic buildings. Many senators voiced concerns about the enforceability of the rule. Some suggested posting signs asking students to use their phones outside, instead of banning use entirely.

Both resolutions will be read for a second time and voted on at the Senate’s May meeting.

In other business, the Senate re-elected English professor Kevin Cope as president, animal sciences professor Ken McMillin as vice president and School of the Coast and Environment associate professor Lawrence Rouse as one of the Senate’s two members-at-large.

University librarian Stephanie Braunstein was elected as the other member-at-large, and food science professor Joan King was elected secretary.

Senate members will review a list of candidates for next year’s senators and vote on those positions at the Senate’s May meeting.



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A spring break overview of the GOP presidential race

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

As University students flocked to the beach during spring break, the Republican presidential race saw several alterations, including the suspension of Rick Santorum’s campaign and comments from Newt Gingrich on a Mitt Romney success.

Santorum’s campaign trail came to a halt April 6 when his 3-year-old daughter, who is diagnosed with a serious genetic disorder, was hospitalized for pneumonia. On April 10, Santorum announced he would suspend his presidential campaign.

“We are not done fighting,” Santorum said April 10 in Pennsylvania.

Many think Romney will ultimately gain the nomination following Santorum’s campaign suspension.

“I didn’t feel [Santorum] was going to win anyway,” said Dominic Clust, political communication junior. “Romney had it in the bag to begin with, but this cleared the way for his nomination.”

Romney’s significant lead in delegates may also foreshadow a nomination for him.

A Republican candidate must win 1,144 delegates to be named the Republican nominee, and Romney remains in the lead with 684 delegates.

While Santorum trailed behind Romney with 270 delegates, Gingrich received 136 delegates, and Ron Paul came in last with 52 delegates.

On April 8, Gingrich stated his campaign was “operating on a shoestring” and that Romney “is far and away the most likely” Republican nominee.

If Romney were to win the Republican nomination, Gingrich also said he would rally behind him.

But Clust said Gingrich should drop from the race immediately.

“I don’t think Gingrich stands a chance,” Clust said.

Although Paul trails the other candidates in last place, some students think he should remain in the race.

Pre-nursing sophomore Austin Culotta said he would like to see Paul continue to campaign.

“He should stay in and stick with his message,” he said. “I like what he’s saying.”

Other students, including Clust, said they would like to see Paul run as a third-party nominee.

“A lot of people think Obama has not done as good as he could have these last four years and are going to look forward to a third party to lead the way,” Clust said.



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Baseball: Tigers move up to No. 1 in poll

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

By: Luke JohnsonRyan Eades named SEC Pitcher of the Week

The LSU baseball team earned a No. 1 spot in the Collegiate Baseball poll and No. 4 in the latest Baseball America poll, in part due to the effort by sophomore pitcher Ryan Eades who was named the ...

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Man found dead in Sharlo Avenue driveway

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

By: Lauren Duhon

Officers found 29-year-old Brandon Harris dead in a driveway at 1400 Sharlo Ave. on Sunday. At 2:37 a.m., officers responded to the shooting at S...

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April 16 8:20 RRN Newscast

The Daily Reveille - April 16, 2012 - 12:00am

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Baseball: LSU defeats Alabama, 5-1

The Daily Reveille - April 15, 2012 - 12:00am

By: Luke JohnsonLSU sweeps series

LSU freshman pitcher Aaron Nola was solid in his first weekend start in two weeks, and the No. 5 Tigers (30-7) coasted after scoring early against Alabama (13-23) to secure the series sweep with a 5-1 win at Alex Box Stadium on Sunday. The Tigers h...

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Baseball: LSU downs 'Bama, 7-1, go for sweep Sunday

The Daily Reveille - April 14, 2012 - 12:00am

By: Luke JohnsonPitchers hold Tide to two hits

The No. 5 Tigers (29-7) earned their fourth Southeastern Conference series win behind a sterling performance from sophomore pitcher Ryan Eades and some opportunistic offense in Saturday’s 7-1 win ag...

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