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Coca-Cola fulfills contract with new marquee
Andrew Bordelon                            Burke said.                                   Kelly said the reason the new
Staff Writer                                    “It didn’t cost NSU a dime,” he     marquee has not been constructed
                                           said.                                    until now, however, was because


N      SU has finished constructing             This contract went into effect in   NSU was in the process of finding
       a new marquee in front of the       2006 and was a change from NSU’s         someone to construct the sign within
       Watson Library. Coca-Cola           prior agreements with Coke.              the price range the university had to
donated the marquee as part of a                “We use to have a vendors con-      spend.
contract that stipulates that it only be   tract,” Burke said. “Now we have              The money available to spend
used for informing students and the        a non-exclusive beverage pouring         was not affected by any of the recent
community about campus events.             rights contract.”                        state-wide budget cuts though.
     The contract currently in effect           Director of Auxiliary Services           “We didn’t use any state mon-
between Coke and NSU was partial-          Jennifer Kelly also helped develop       ey,” Kelly said. “It was all donated
ly worked on by Athletic Director          the current contract with Coke.          money.”
Greg Burke.                                     NSU had only a vending con-              The donation of the new mar-
     NSU’s contract with Coke en-          tract with the company prior to Nov.     quee is not only helpful for NSU’s
sures that the university will sell no     1, 2006, meaning the university          budget, but for its physical land-
less than 90 percent of Coke prod-         would only receive a percentage of       scape as well.
ucts as beverages, but allows for          the sales earned from the drink vend-         “I think the sign is pretty be-
10 percent of other beverages to be        ing machines, Kelly said.                cause it is so new and big,” said
served.                                         The current contract, signed        Hattie Vaughn, junior business ad-
     “Under Louisiana law, a vendor        in 2006, now gives NSU upfront           ministration major. “It makes the ap-
who signs a 90/10 contract is obli-        capital, annual payments, and a con-     pearance of the front of the library
gated to provide some kind of physi-       tinuation of the percentage of drink     more pleasing.”
cal improvement or enhancement for         sales, she explained.                         NSU President Randall Webb
that campus,” he said.                          “There had to be a capital dona-    agreed, and added that he was ulti-
     Coke donated the money neces-         tion,” Kelly said.                       mately surprised.
sary for the purchase and installation          The marquee was in the contract          “I was aware of the contract and
of the new marquee to fulfill its ob-      as the capital donation required to be   that we would be receiving a new                                                                                              Photo by David Royal/ The Current Sauce
ligation to give at least $50,000 to       given be Coca-Cola when the con-         sign, but I was impressed to see the     As part of a contracted agreement made in 2006, Coca-Cola provided funding for a new marquee. The sign, which
NSU as part of the 10 year contract,       tract was signed.                        end result,” Webb said.                  was installed last week, sits in front of Watson Library.




                                                                                                                             Graduates discuss life after NSU
                                                                                                                             David Royal                                 questions, several of the panelist re-          Air Force Maj. Lee Erickson,
                                                                                                                             News Editor                                 vealed that they had changed their        who was one of the panelists, said
                                                                                                                                                                         life plans since graduating.              he enjoyed the event and appreci-


                                                                                                                             A
                                                                                                                                     s part of NSU’s celebration              Panelist Todd Huddleston grad-       ated everything it offered.
                                                                                                                                     of its 125th anniversary, the       uated with an undergraduate and                 “It was quite an honor to be
                                                                                                                                     Louisiana Scholars’ College         graduate degree in mathematics, but       invited and come back,” said Erick-
                                                                                                                                     invited students to take part in    found himself studying in Korea and       son, who graduated with a degree in
                                                                                                                             a question and answer session with          now teaching martial arts in New          humanities and social thought. “I
                                                                                                                             actual graduates from the program.          Orleans.                                  hope everyone here will be able to
                                                                                                                                  The panel consisted of seven                Stave explained that Huddleston      use what they heard today.”
                                                                                                                             graduates from the years 1991 to            and other panelist like him were ex-            Stave explained that she would
                                                                                                                             2004. Their career fields included          cellent examples of how life can lead     have like to have more graduates at-
                                                                                                                             a medical physicist, a high school          people in opposite directions of what     tend the event, but said that Schol-
                                                                                                                             teacher, a martial arts instructor and      they were intending.                      ars’ College could not afford it.
                                                                                                                             a recording music artist.                        “There were many there that          Those who served on the panel were
                                                                                                                                  Holly Stave, a professor of Eng-       came to [the Scholars’ College] and       generous enough to cover their own
                                                                                                                             lish at the Scholars’ college, helped       ended up doing something com-             costs to Natchitoches, she said.
                                                                                                                             organize the event and said its pur-        pletely different than their original           The panel was Scholars’ Col-
                                                                                                                             pose was to give current students           plan, so it was nice that students        lege’s third and final event designed
                                                                                                                             an idea of how they can live their          were able to see it,” Stave said.         to celebrate NSU 125th anniversary.
                                                                                                                             dreams after graduation and provide              Christina Lake, a student in         The program held an international
                                                                                                                             “strategies for negotiating the ‘real       the Scholars’ College, agreed with        food fair and swing dance event
                                                                                                                             world.’”                                    Stave.                                    earlier this month.
                                                                                                                                  Stave, who led the discussion               “The event was very enlighten-             “[Scholars’ College] really
                                                                                                                             during the event, began by asking           ing,” said Lake, who is a senior hu-      took the university’s initiative to
                                                                                                                             the panel a few questions, and then         manities and social thought major.        make NSU’s anniversary special
                                                                                          Photo contributed by James Picht
From Left to Right: Air Force Maj. Lee Erickson, William Broussard, Sarah Ferstal and Crystal Mallet take part as            allowed those in attendance to ask          “It was interesting to see all of the     seriously, and we hope people en-
panelists in an event held by the Louisiana Scholars’ College on Friday. The panelists answered questions con-               their own questions.                        different directions people took with     joyed it and got something out of
cerning how life has changed for them since graduating from NSU and gave tips to current students.                                After answering only a few             their degrees.”                           it,” Stave said.




                                                                                                                              Leisure learning classes made available
                                                                          SGA                                                Amanda Duncil                               the community, said Melanie Bed-          fers Driver’s Education and ACT



                                                                         Update
                                                                                                                             Staff Writer                                good, administrative assistant of         preparatory courses as well as lei-
                                                                                                                                                                         non-credit programs.                      sure classes such as dance, aerobic


                                                                                                                             A
                                                                                                                                    n assortment of non-credit                They are self-generated and re-      swimming, karate and scrap book-
                                                                                                                                    courses will be offered in           quire a fee in order to participate.      ing.
                                                                                                                                    February through the Office               Students can register by calling          “We also offer certification prep
                                                                                                                                    of Electronic and Continuing         (800) 376-2422 or (318) 357-6355.         courses in several areas which help
                                                                                                                             Education.                                       Some of the classes that will be     the citizens of our community ac-
    - The Senate passed Bill SP10-002, which will request approval for the SGA to view the student                                                                       offered include “Instant Piano for        quire new skills to aid in getting new
                                                                                                                                  “Continuing      Education     is
    turnout in last week’s Student Activities Board elections. The goal is to determine whether more or                      pleased to be able to offer non-credit      Hopelessly Busy People,” “Let’s           employment or retain their existing
    less students are voting than in the past.                                                                               courses to members of the commu-            Dance the East Coast Swing” and           positions,” Pinkerton said.
                                                                                                                             nity who may already have a degree          instructional courses for Microsoft            “Then as new technologies
    - The Senate passed Bill SP10-003, which will request that the Student Trust Fund Committee invests                      or do not require a degree, but need        PowerPoint 2007 and Photo Story.          emerge, classes are provided to per-
    in female hygiene dispensers for women’s restrooms in Kyser Hall.                                                        to continue life-long learning, which            “Northwestern’s       Continuing     mit adults ready access to update
                                                                                                                             is required in today’s society,” said       Education courses impact adults           their knowledge in different areas
                                                                                                                             Hedy Pinkerton, director of the Of-         who are required to stay current in       such as computer technology which
    - The Senate voted to provide the NSU Dodgeball team with funding for a tournament in Kentucky.
                                                                                                                             fice of Electronic and Continuing           their occupational skills by provid-      is vital for today’s workforce.”
                                                                                                                             Education.                                  ing Continuing Education Units                 More information on upcoming
    - The Supreme Court elected Tim Gattie as chief justice last week. Gattie replaced Paul Shelton, who                                                                 (CEUs),” Pinkerton explained.             classes can be found at http://ece.
                                                                                                                                  The courses are “leisure learn-
    resigned at the end of last semester.                                                                                                                                     Continuing Education also of-        nsula.edu/non-credit.
                                                                                                                             ing” classes offered as a service to




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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tori Ladd
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Life Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                   tladd001@student.nsula.edu
                                                                                                                                                                                            February 3, 2010



                                           Spirit of Northwestern Marching
                                                Band sets off to London
                                           Sarah Cramer                             come, and so I thought, well since
                                           Staff Reporter                           next year is the 100th year of the
                                                                                    band, we’ll fly it up the flag pole to
                                                The Best Soundin’ Band in the       see who salutes,” he said. “And we
                                           Land will be finishing off 2010 and      had enough kids say yea, they’d like
                                           ringing in 2011 in London, England.      to do it.”
                                                The Spirit of Northwestern                A little more than 50 of the 300
                                           Marching Band has been chosen            band members will be attending the
                                           to perform in London’s 25th New          parade. Victoria Steadman, fresh-
                                           Year’s Day Parade.                       man addiction studies major, will be
                                                “We have an official letter from    going to London during her first year


    On this                                the mayor of the city of London in-      on the SON’s cymbal line.
                                           viting us,” Director of Bands Bill             “I’ve never been out of the
                                           Brent said.                              country,” Steadman said. “And Lon-
                                                                                    don is always a place I’ve wanted to

    day...
                                                At the parade, the band will be
                                           playing the fight song and a tradi-      go.”
                                           tional march, like the “National Em-           Both Brent and Steadman be-
                                           blem.”                                   lieve this is going to be a great expe-
                                                “If the Saints win on Sunday, it    rience.
                                           will be an arrangement of ‘When the            “It just so happens I was at this
    Austin T. Walden                       Saints Go Marching In,’” Brent said.     parade about 10 years ago,” Brent
                                                During their six night trip, the    said. “I’ve actually seen this parade
  became Georgia’s                         band will be touring London, visit-      and it’s great. I really think the kids
                                           ing Oxford and Stratford upon Avon,      are in for a great trip.”
    first black judge                      and attending a New Year’s Eve                 Steadman added, “[It’s exciting]
                                           Gala, among other things.                just to be in band and play in front of
              since                             This is not the first time the      all those people.”
                                           marching band has been nominated               The cost of the trip is $2,900 per
   Reconstruction on                       to play in the parade, Brent said.       student, and they will be leaving on
                                                “We were nominated about four       Dec. 28, 2010 and will be returning
    this date in 1964.                     years ago,” he said. “But at the time    Jan. 4, 2011.
                                           there was just so much going on.”              The cost will cover lodging,
                                                But the upcoming school year        transportation, three dinners, a fast-
                                           will also mark the band’s 100th anni-    food voucher equivalent to $17,
        *Courtesy of                       versary, and Brent felt this would be    several tours and a one-year mem-
                                           a good year for the students to take     bership in the Youth Music Interna-
      www.lyenoba.                         the trip.                                tional Performers’ Club.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Photo by Kirk Martin
                                                “They called again this past fall         “It’s a great deal,” Brent said.
                                                                                                                               The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band plays at halftime during a home football game. The band
              com*                         and said we’d really like for you to           Alumni and friends are also
                                                                                                                               was named one of the Eight Great College Marching Bands by “College on the Record.”
                                                                                    welcome on the trip.



Talk Times With Tori:
Cervical cancer awareness




Tori Ladd                                  tients unable to conceive children.
Life Editor                                     Cervical cancer can be detected
                                           during your regular pelvic exam.
      Each year about 10,000 women         Web MD list the symptoms of cervi-
are diagnosed with cervical cancer         cal cancer as:
and about 3,700 women die from the              -Bleeding from the vagina that
disease in the United States alone,        is not normal, or a change in the
according to the National Cervical         menstrual cycle,
Cancer Coalition (NCCC).                        -Bleeding when something
      Webster’s Medical Dictionary         comes in contact with the cervix,
says that cervical cancer is caused by     such as during sex,
the human papillomavirus (HPV).                 -Vaginal discharge tinged with
Although there are many different          blood.
strands of HPV, only some the HPV               As with other medical concerns
strands can cause cervical cancer.         ,you should contact a health profes-
      According to Medical News            sional if you are experiencing any
Today, yearly there are 473,000 new        of the symptoms or if you have any
cases of cervical cancer and about         questions.
250,000 deaths due to cervical can-             To prevent cervical cancer
cer in the world.                          both genders can practice safe sex.
      In emergent countries, cervical      Women can also get regular physical
cancer continues to be the number          examinations and get the Food and
one cause of death for women.              Drug Association approved vaccina-
      About 85 percent of those cases      tion Gardasil.
occur in low resource areas in the              According to Gardasil litera-
world and fewer than 5 percent of          ture, Gardasil is the only cervical
those women have never had a Pap           cancer vaccine that helps protect
test.                                      against four types of HPV (Types 6,
      A Pap test is an examination         11, 16, and 18), the two types that
consisting of the staining of cervical     cause 70 percent of cervical cancer
cells taken in a cervical or vaginal       cases.
smear for the testing of exfoliated             The vaccine is for girls and
cells.                                     young women from ages 9 to 26 and
      Eleven percent of women in the       are administered by three shots over
United States have also reported that      six months.
they do not get Pap test screenings.            The NCCC says that a woman
      If caught in the early stage, cer-   who does not have the Gardasil vac-
vical cancer is curable and the pa-        cination or does not get a Pap test
tient may still be able to have chil-      yearly significantly increases chanc-
dren after the treatment.                  es of developing the disease.
      If the disease is found in the            NSU Health Services, Natchi-
later stages, it can be removed by         toches Outpatient Clinic and Natchi-
a hysterectomy removal of lymph            toches Health Unit, along with the
nodes, ovaries and fallopian tubes,        hospital and other private practices
radiation therapy or chemotherapy.         offer the Gardasil vaccination upon
The latter treatments can leave pa-        request.
                                                                            OpiniOns                                                                                                                                                 3
 Joe Cunningham
 Editor in chief
 jcunning002@student.nsula.edu
 February 3, 2010



Middle Child POV: Drug tests for all
                                                                                                                                                                             Colloquium:
                                                                                                                                                                           On crime, part one
                                                                                                                                  The Current Sauce is
                                                                                                                                      released every
Paul Randall Adams                       more valuable?                              scholarship money has literally been                                               Sara Mayeux                                probably was intentionally speeding.
Staff Columnist                                      It has been said that life is   thrown away.                                 Wednesday in print                    Guest Columnist                                       How many of us, howev-
                                         not fair, but universities should try                 The thousands of dollars                                                                                            er, drive along in our cars, belting
                                         harder to equalize this issue.              that are given through the TOPS                   and online at                                                               with the radio, only to realize we’re


I
                                                     Drug usage is not only a        program, through school-supported                                                                                             speeding when we see that flash of


                                                                                                                                                                        T
                                         problem among athletes. It’s a siren        scholarships and through individuals                                                                                          blue light?
                                                                                                                                  www.thecurrentsauce.com
    t is not un-                         that lures students to their demise.        all go to waste in these circumstanc-                                                                                                    Intent is not taken into ac-
common for col-                                      Isn’t it making an invest-      es.                                                                                       he    other                         count so much in traffic violations,
lege athletes to                         ment when a university gives a stu-                   Why don’t programs such                                                  day, I was sitting                         as the speed limit is posted, and it is
lose their schol-                        dent a scholarship?                         as TOPS require a drug test before           Visit our website for                 in a lounge, and I                         expected that drivers should pay at-
arships due to                                       Somebody who plays the          receiving the benefits?                                                            overheard a con-                           tention, but in many criminal cases,
drugs.                                   stocks would get rid of an invest-                    It would be useful in help-         exclusive content,                   versation about                            such as murder, it is.
          At uni-                        ment if it were to begin declining in       ing to know whether a refund check                                                 speeding.                                             Why is this? What does in-
versities nation-wide, drug tests are    value.                                      would be spent on school books or                                                            It was a                         tent have to do with anything?
performed at random on football                      A drug-addicted student is      weed.
                                                                                                                                   and watch for new                    rather long conversation, but the the-                If I kill someone, does it
players, baseball players and volley-    a failing investment.                                 Are these people the ones                                                sis was that a young lady was upset        matter if I meant to kill them? The
ball players alike.                                  Universities should get rid     that universities want representing          content to be added.                  that she received a speeding ticket,       person is still dead whether I meant
          If drugs or steroids are       of all of their bad investments. It’s       them?                                                                              when others were going the same            to kill them or not.
found in their systems, their schol-     those bad investments that help lead                  Or would they rather en-                                                 speed as she, and she was only going                  Intent matters because it
arships are pulled and their careers     other students astray.                      sure that they are investing their                                                 five miles per hour too fast.              describes the state of mind of the
ruined.                                              Sure, random drug testing       money in something worthwhile, in                                                            The Merriam-Webster dic-         criminal when the act is committed,
          Drug testing can be a stip-    is a little less cost efficient than most   a student who truly deserves it?                                                   tionary definition of crime is “an         and as humans, our state of mind is
ulation of accepting a scholarship       universities strive for.                              There are others, though,            The views expressed in this         act or commission of an act that is        important.
with that university.                                But giving students schol-      who work hard to do everything cor-       publication do not necessarily reflect   forbidden or the omission of a duty                   If a dog kills someone, it
          But why not musicians?         arships when they don’t deserve             rectly. They try not to be a hindrance                                             that is commanded by public law            is put down, regardless of what it is
                                         them is equally as inefficient.             or a menace.
                                                                                                                                               those of                                                            thinking. Humans can tell us what
Why not the English majors on aca-                                                                                                                                      and that makes the offender liable to
demic scholarship?                                   In all honesty, the average               They work hard to be up-        The Current Sauce or the university.     punishment by that law.”                   they are thinking.
          According to the CDC,          drug tests cost about $40, accord-          standing and to make something of          All submissions may be edited for                 Essentially, this means that                If I accidentally hit a child
48.7% of all college students have       ing to the American Civil Liberties         themselves. And more importantly,                   clarity and length.            doing something the law says not           that runs into the road in front of my
used marijuana in their lifetime.        Union, a nominal fee, considering           they avoid being a felon.                                                          to do, or not doing something the          car, it is obviously different than if I
That’s marijuana alone, excluding        some students are offered close to                    They work hard to ensure                                                 law says to do is what constitutes a       break into that child’s house and kill
                                         $18,000 a year in scholarship and           that they are good investments. Go
                                                                                                                                 Guest columnists must be NSU                                                      him, and anyone can see that.
the usage of cocaine or other illegal                                                                                                                                   crime.
drugs.                                   federal aid.                                out. Make something of yourself.                          students,                          So, as I wished to tell the                 So, crime is not, in effect
          Is their drug usage any less               When a student graduates        Don’t allow yourself to be a poor in-     but letters to the editor are welcome    young lady, she had no right to be         defined by the action or omission of
illegal? Are their scholarships any      and cannot pass a drug test, that           vestment.                                              from anyone.                peeved.                                    action, but by the intention behind it.
                                                                                                                                                                                  If she was going even one                   The thought makes the




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                                                                                                                                                                        punishment the law officer deemed          ing, watch your speedometer, be-
                                                                                                                                Information about our letters policy    necessary.                                 cause, unless police officers turn into
                                                                                                                                   can be found on our Web site:                  The question that comes          X-Men™ and can mind read, they’re
     Joe Cunningham                                                                               Sarah Cramer                                                          out of this is: what if she hadn’t in-     going to assume that you are intend-
      Editor-in-Chief                                                                              Staff Writer                                                         tentionally been speeding?                 ing to break the law.
                                                                                                                                   www.thecurrentsauce.com                        OK, so, given she knew                      And that, my friend, makes
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                                                                                                                              Half the Battle: Religion of politics
     Managing Editor                                                                              Staff Writer
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         Tori Ladd                                                                                 Paul Adams
         Life Editor                                                                             Staff Columnist
                                                                                                                              Joe Cunningham                            the drive-thru line at Popeye’s with       Carolina governor Mark Sanford, a
            24-9                                                                                       14-7                                                             my fiancée and saying, “Oh, by the         Republican.
                                                                                                                              Editor in chief
                                                                                                                                                                        way, honey, I’m going to be telling                 Sanford’s wife also has a
                                                                                                                                                                        America I had a child with my boss’        book coming out, detailing her feel-


                                                                                                                              I
        Andy Bullard                                                                                Ms. Reeves
                                                                                                                                                                        mistress,” and her being OK with           ings when she found out about the
        Sports Editor                                                                                Advisor                                                            that. In fact, I’ll probably lose my       affair Sanford and his Argentinean
           34- 31                                                                                     21-20                      ’ve been de-                           life right then and there. Where is the    mistress were having.
                                                                                                                              bating for a while                        line between loyalty and morality?                  Hell hath no fury, am I
                                                                                                                              now whether or                                       At what point do you say,       right?
       Jimmie Walker                              Toby Winkler                                                                                                          “Look… Mr. Edwards… you’re                          What is it about power that
                                                                                                                              not to buy “The
         Staff Writer                              Web Editor                                                                 Politician,”     the                      a cool guy and all, and I’m glad to        takes people who seem to have de-
            27-24                                                                                                             book based on the hilarious shenani-      have you as my boss, but... I mean,        cent character and twist them into
                                                     21-18                                                                                                              claim your child? Seriously? This is       the pigs we see chanting their reli-
                                                                                                                              gans of John Edwards.
                                                                               Jorge Cantu                                              Andrew Young, former aide       my two weeks’ notice.”                     gion of politics every day? It’s mind-
     Andrew Bordelon                              Taylor Graves                                                               to Edwards, wrote this wonderful                     At what point does your         boggling, to say the least.
       Staff Writer                                                           Design Editor                                   piece of literature detailing the Ed-     common sense tell you that things                   I suppose I’m entirely too
                                                   Staff Writer                   34-14
          28-14                                                                                                               ward’s scandalous affair with Rielle      have gone too far?                         exposed to the happenings in Wash-
                                                      31-21                                                                   Hunter (including the child Edwards                  The absolute best part of       ington, but that (and attention deficit
                                                                                                                              fathered during the affair).              this is that people make these kind        disorder) are the price we pay for 24-
                                                                                                                                        Young was an incredibly         of scandals out to be a political or       hour news services.
                                                                                                                              loyal aide.                               belief issue.                                       It’s a constant barrage of
                                                                                                                                        He apparently didn’t even                  It’s the Right or the Left      information I think we, as a people,
                                                                                                                              blink when Edwards asked him to           that only do this. And that’s just         were a lot better off without.
                                                                                                                              claim fatherhood over his illegiti-       wrong. Both sides are up to their                   Oh, and if there is one per-
                                                                                                                              mate child. And his wife was cool         necks in their sins.                       son who should write a book, it’s
                                                                                                                              with it, too!                                        Edwards, of the Demo-           Mark Foley. I bet that would be a
                                                                                                                                        I can’t imagine sitting in      cratic party, is just as guilty as South   real page-turner.




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Demon Athlete Q&A Bulldogs’ bark worst than bite
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                                                                                                                                                Courtesy of Sports Info:                       NSU got a shutout victory in               “I thought Olga (Bazhanova)
                                                                                                      summer track and I wanted to                                                        the No. 3 doubles when the team            played one of her better matches
                                                                                                      run to, so my mom signed me up                        orthwestern           State   of Andrea Nedorostova and Mar-             since she’s been here at NSU,” said
                                                                                                      one summer and I’ve been do-                          opened       its      2010    tina Rubesova blanked Alena Ero-           DuBois. “I felt our two Czech girls
                                                                                                      ing it ever since. I started throw-                   women’s tennis sea-           feuro and Laura Rodriguez, 8-0.            (Nedorostova and Rubesova) played
                                                                                                                                                son on Tuesday in a convinc-                   In singles action, the Lady De-       really well in their first dual match.”
                                                                                                      ing the shot put when I was like
                                                                                                                                                ing 7-0 win over Louisiana Tech.          mons did not lose a set in any of the           The blowout of the match
                                                                                                      eight or nine and I didn’t really              The Lady Demons cruised              six matches.                               came in the No. 5 singles when
                                                                                                      like it when I started because I          to a 3-0 win in doubles’ ac-                   Olga Bazhanova defeated Viv-          Bianca Schulz made quick work
                                                                                                      had to practice away from all of          tion to start the competition then        ian ten Dolle in straight sets, 7-5,       of Erofeuro by scores of 6-1, 6-0,
                                                                                                      my friends, but I realized how            closed things out with a 4-0              6-2, in the No. 1 singles while            and Dragana Colic won her No. 6
                                                                                                      good I was and kept with it.              blanking in singles’ matches.             Adna Curukovic cruised to a 6-2,           singles match by a 6-2, 6-3 score.
                                                                                                                                                     “I felt like we played really well   6-1 victory over Celia Vichery.                 “Louisiana Tech is a very im-
                                                                                                      Q: What is your greatest ac-              as a whole,” said head coach Patric            Rubesova, playing in her first col-   proved team. I just thought we really
                                                                                                      complishment in the sport?                DuBois. “I thought the process in the     legiate dual action, whipped Maartie       did a good job all around as a team.”
                                                                                                      A: My greatest accomplishment             way we did things really wore down        De Witte 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles          The Lady Demons return to
                                                                                                                                                our opponent. We were very consis-        matchup while Nedorostova won the          action on Feb. 13 when they visit
                                                                                                      would have to be owning three
                                                                                                                                                tent and smart in the way we played.”



                                                                                                                                                       Empire state of mind
                                                                                                      school records, but hopefully by                                                    No. 4 singles by a 6-2, 6-2 score.         Southern Mississippi.
                                                                                                      the end of this year my greatest
                                                                                                      accomplishment will be becom-
                                                                                                      ing an All-American.

                                                                                                      Q: Most memoriable moment                                                                                                           “So far, it’s a real big cultural
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     difference,” Baker said. ”My home-
                                                                                                      while compeating?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     town, like any big other city, is fast-
                                                                                                      A: I don’t really have one mo-                                                                                                 paced, so adjustments had to be
                                                                                                      ment. The throwers are really                                                                                                  made.”
                                                                                                      close on the team and every day                                                                                                     What helped Baker make the
                                                                                                      at practice and when we travel                                                                                                 adjustment were the people. “I love
                                                                    Photo by Gary Hardamon            to meets we have some good                                                                                                     the people here. Everyone is friend-
                                                                                                      times and some really good                                                                                                     ly,” Baker said. “It’s much different
Q: Name?                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in New York where the people aren’t
                                                                                                      laughs.
A: Trecey Rew                                     Q: What record did you break?                                                                                                                                                      as hospitable.
                                                  A: I actually broke two. I broke                                                                                                                                                        “In the crowd of students during
                                                                                                      Q: Thing you will miss most
Q: High School and Home-                          my own shot put record and I                                                                                                                                                       a game inside Prather Coliseum, you
                                                                                                      when you are done compeat-
town?                                             broke the weight record.                                                                                                                                                           can hear people saying, “give the
                                                                                                      ing?
A: Garland High School in Gar-                                                                                                                                                                                                       ball the New York number 1.”
                                                                                                      A: Competition. I love the pride                                                                                                    That’s a name the Demon bas-
land, TX                                          Q: How long have you been
                                                                                                      that comes with competing.                                                                                                     ketball fans use to differentiate be-
                                                  competing?
Q: Major and Classification?                      A: Since I was little bitty. I start-                                                                                                                                              tween Baker and fellow New York
                                                                                                      Q: Favorite sport other than                                                                                                   teammate Will Pratt.
A: Senior Journalism Major                        ed off as a sprinter, but my senior
                                                                                                      your own?                                                                                                                           “I’m easy to get along with. I



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                                                  year in high school I started fo-                                                                                                                                                  play with passion and emotion and It
                                                                                                      A: Basketball and softball, but I
Q: Favorite TV Show?                              cusing on the shot put.                                                                                                                                                            carries over to my teammates,” Bak-
                                                                                                      have a lot of respect for ice skat-
A: Say Yes to the Dress and One                                                                                                                                                                                                      er said. “I’m somewhat of a crowd
                                                                                                      ers and gymnast.
Tree Hill                                         Q: How did you get into the                                                                                                                                                        favorite because of that.”
                                                  sport?                                                                                                                                                                                  In New York, Baker goes by an-
                                                                                                      Q: What’s the one sport you
Q: Favorite Movie?                                A: I got into track because all the                                                                                                                                                other nickname. “Back home ,people
                                                                                                      wish you were good at?                                                                       Photo by Gary Hardamon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     call me Kobe,” Baker said. “I got the
A: Love and Basketball and The                    children at my church, and basi-                                                              #11, Devon Baker, not only has to worry about the tough competition in the
                                                                                                      A: Softball. I really wish I was                                                                                               nickname because of resemblance in
Hangover                                          cally in my city, were running                                                                SLC, but he has to adapt to a small-town life in Natchitoches.
                                                                                                      better at softball.                                                                                                            looks and passion to win.”
                                                                                                                                                Jimmie Walker                             he was back in his home state of                Now, Baker is a key component
                                                                                                                                                Staff Reporter                            New York.                                  for the Demon Basketball team. He
                                                                                                                                                                                               When Baker was young, he idol-        is the second leading scorer on the
                                                                                www.alexmardigras.com                                                                                     ized Rafer Alston. Baker was much          team, averaging 12.6 points per


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                                                                                                                                                                                          like Alston. He was a playground           game, only behind senior Demon

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                                                                                                                                                                                          basketball player that dreamed of          Jones.
                                                                                                                                                          alking the campus of North-     playing professional basketball.                His dreams of being a profes-
                                                                                                                                                western State University is a face             Not playing basketball is some-       sional basketball player is still there,
                                                                                                                                                that is getting more familiar.            thing that Baker could not imagine.        but right now his focus is taking the
                                                                                                                                                     Armed with headphones and a               “I’ve been playing organized          Demon basketball team back to its
                                                                                                                                                full beard, Devon Baker went from         ball since I was seven or eight years      winning ways.
                                                                                                                                                the guy with the cool accent, to the      old,” Baker said. “ I was born to play          “I can imagine how crazy it was
                                                                                                                                                guy everyone wants to see with the

                                                     in Alexandria, LA
                                                                                                                                                                                          basketball. It’s in my blood.”             when we beat Iowa,” Baker said.
                                                                                                                                                ball. Baker came to NSU by way                 Making the move from the Big          “I can imagine how crazy it will
                                                                                                                                                of transfer from Howard College in        Apple to Natchitoches was a steep          be when we get back to the tourna-




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                                                                                                                                                San Angelo, Texas, but before that        change for Baker.                          ment.”
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