Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Carville leaves Tulane, heads to LSU in January 2018

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 8:02 PM

Democratic political consultant James Carville. - CREATIVE COMMONS/CHRIS GAMPAT
  • Democratic political consultant James Carville.

Political consultant and man-about-town James Carville, who has taught a series of popular classes at Tulane University for seven years, will be hanging his academic shingle at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communication starting in January, the university announced today in a press release.

Carville is an LSU graduate and was was the Manship School's commencement speaker in 2015. Last year, he and his wife, political strategist and writer Mary Matalin, entertained a crowd at Loyola University with their thoughts on the 2016 presidential race.

The always-quotable Carville provided a great quote in the announcement. "The mother ship," he said, "has called my pirogue home.”

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Plans to grow medical marijuana discussed in Louisiana House committee

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 1:50 PM


The lucrative nature of marijuana sales was at the center of a House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development discussion today about a law that puts the state into the marijuana distribution business.

Louisiana State University and Southern University are the two schools that plan to grow marijuana at separate facilities for use as medical treatments authorized under legislation approved last spring that legalizes and regulates such distribution. LSU’s operation alone is estimated to cost between $10 million and $15 million, and lawmakers were warned it will take seven to eight years for the operation to become lucrative.

LSU Vice President for Agriculture and Dean of the College of Agriculture Bill Richardson said a contractor will be selected within the next three to four weeks.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Brew U: Shreveport lawmaker seeks to bar colleges from branding with beer companies

Posted By on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Tin Roof Brewery's "Bayou Bengal" lager. - SARAH GAMARD
  • Tin Roof Brewery's "Bayou Bengal" lager.

A contentious proposal in the Louisiana House of Representatives by a Shreveport lawmaker would prohibit a state institution of higher learning from allowing its name or symbol to be affixed to an alcoholic beverage.

This has ramification for both the microbreweries and the schools. The controversy even caught the attention of Gov. John Bel Edwards, who weighed into the brew-ha-ha Thursday.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University, which have their own official beer associated with their brands, are in the crosshairs of the bill by Democratic Rep. Cedrick Glover, who believes there is no justification for a university officially branding itself with alcohol.

Glover believes the current licensing agreements with breweries is a sudsy slope to hard liquor branding, but his concerns go beyond the alcohol.

“If you do this, why not the official lottery ticket game of the various universities across the state?” he said facetiously. “Let’s have the Mike the Tiger pick-three card.”

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

LSU sociologist discusses her book Pay to Play: Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industry

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Black athletes in America are finding themselves in a form of slavery in college athletic programs, LSU sociologist Lori Martin implies in her book, Pay to Play:  Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industry. - IAN MCCUSKER
  • Black athletes in America are finding themselves in a form of slavery in college athletic programs, LSU sociologist Lori Martin implies in her book, Pay to Play: Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industry.

Black athletes in America are finding themselves in a form of slavery in college athletic programs, LSU sociologist Lori Martin implies in her book, Pay to Play: Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industry.

Martin outlined for a Science Café crowd in Baton Rouge this week of the efforts at controlling the participation and compensation for black athletes.

Merchandisers, the NCAA, and top-tier universities, such as LSU, are part of a billion-dollar industry which excludes athletes from the profits.

Martin used George Mason University’s surprising run in the 2006 men’s basketball tournament as an example of the influence players can have on a university’s financial fortunes. Her research found the number of licensees of university products jumped from 40 to 53 after the team made a surprising run to the NCAA Final Four in spite of entering the tournament as an 11 seed. That increase amounted to about $100,000 in revenue, none of which went to the players.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Advocate is very disappointed in you, LSU students

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Artist's conception: A meeting of The Advocate editorial board.
  • Artist's conception: A meeting of The Advocate editorial board.

You Baton Rouge campus radicals are on notice, because the editorial board of The Advocate is on to your subversive ways. A remarkable opinion piece posted yesterday tut-tutted the LSU students who held a demonstration against President Donald Trump's immigration executive order:
We’re not sure how leaving class will demonstrate to Trump — or anyone else — that the president should rethink his policies. Maybe gathering in the evening or on a weekend, when most students are out of class, would have revealed how many of the participants were willing to sacrifice their social lives, rather than an instructional session – to make their voices heard. Wednesday’s midday protest, on the other hand, looked a lot like playing hooky.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Y@ Speak: forgetting

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM

As the Bard wrote... I have almost forgot the taste of fears.

There was once a time I'd shiver at the thought of a losing season. Now I've seen true horror: a winless Pelicans, a tortured Saints, and king cake in November. Also: Alabama rolls out the welcome wagon and Mayor Mitch Landrieu rides a bike.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tyrann Mathieu teams up with PETA for a public service announcement

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 1:38 PM


Tyrann Mathieu — Honey Badger, New Orleans native and LSU football hero — teamed up this week with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to get out a basic message: Don't leave your dog in the car on a hot day. Seems like a basic thing to know, but every year people leave pets and babies inside hot cars, often with awful results. 

Mathieu, who now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, did the educational stunt in a car parked in in the desert sun at an Arizona parking lot. He lasted eight minutes, during which time the temperature in the vehicle climbed to 120 degrees, before feeling sick enough where he had to get out.

Lesson: Don't leave your Honey Badger — or anything else — in a hot car.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Carville to Jindal: ‘History will hunt you down’

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Democratic political consultant and LSU alum James Carville plans to give a rousing call to arms to the LSU community about cuts in state support for his alma mater when he gives the commencement address at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communications this Friday.

“I’m not gonna give the usual ‘the world is your oyster’ speech,” Carville tells Gambit. “I can’t do that when my alma mater is in crisis. I’m hoping to challenge the LSU community — especially the students — to get involved and stay involved in LSU’s future. I’ll have some special words, and even some special effects, for Gov. Jindal.”

Among those special words: “History will hunt you down,” Carville says of the governor. “History is unforgiving and unrelenting. You cannot deflect it or stop it.” Carville adds that the LSU Board of Supervisors shares in the blame for standing idly by while Jindal continued to cut LSU over the past six years.

Rumor has it Carville will incorporate videos and other visual effects into his address, which will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday at LSU’s Maddox Fieldhouse.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Jindal's New York Times op-ed on same-sex marriage garners plenty of attention — and rumblings of a boycott

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM


Gov. Bobby Jindal is fond of putting his name to op-ed pieces in many national publications, but his guest editorial in this morning's New York Times ("Bobby Jindal: I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage") has already garnered more attention than most.

As the state legislature battles with a projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall and LSU announces it's preparing a preliminary bankruptcy plan, Jindal chose to double down, triple down, quadruple quintuple down on same-sex marriage, conflating "big business and the radical left," accusing corporations of "bullying our state," and slamming Hollywood (and, by extension, Hollywood South).

"Hollywood and the media elite are hostile to our values and they tip the scales to our liberal opponents at every opportunity," Jindal wrote, not explaining why the state continues to give away millions of dollars in film tax credits to "people hostile to our values." 

(Meanwhile, just yesterday the governor was wishing Hollywood and the media elite a happy birthday.)


The timing was odd, considering a Washington Post/ABC News poll released this morning showed support for same-sex marriage among Americans at an all-time high (61 percent) — while a Quinnipiac poll of likely GOP voters found Jindal's support for the 2016 presidential nomination sitting at a firm 1 percent.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

La. leges call 'truce' for troops

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 12:16 PM

Louisiana lawmakers raised more than $16,000 for military families in last years inaugural Truce for the Troops flag football game.
  • Louisiana lawmakers raised more than $16,000 for military families in last year's inaugural "Truce for the Troops" flag football game.

State lawmakers who are accustomed to partisan battles are calling a “truce” this Sunday (April 19) to raise money for the families of four Louisiana National Guardsmen who lost their lives when their Blackhawk helicopter crashed during a recent training mission.

The second annual legislative flag football game is dubbed “Truce for the Troops.” It features Democrat and GOP teams donning LSU jerseys bearing their district numbers and doing their best to recall faded glory on the gridiron — and avoid injury. (Last year several lawmakers left the game with sprains, torn muscles and worse.)

Kickoff is at 4 p.m. in LSU’s Tiger Stadium, but gates open at 2 p.m. for pre-game festivities that include food, a cheerleader clinic led by LSU cheerleaders, a behind-the-scenes tour of LSU football facilities and a reception after the game at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults, $10 for students, with children 12 and under admitted free. Money will be collected through ticket sales, player participation fees and sponsorships.

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