Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 3:49 pm
Legendary songwriter and producer John Cale is back with ShiftyAdventures in Nookie World, his 15th solo album and first since 2005. Cale shape-shifts often throughout the record, channeling a discotheque in the Danger Mouse-produced "I Wanna Talk 2 U," picking an acoustic guitar throughout "Living With You" and venturing into folklore in "Sandman (Flying Dutchman)." Post-punk, hip-hop and everything in between comes into play at one point or another.
Louisiana is in an educational slump due to bottom-ranking math scores throughout the state. Since 2007, it’s national ranking has been 44th and below. In order for things to change in Louisiana, teachers are coming together and forming better teaching skills for children. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has received a $1.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Professor Peter Sheppard, along with three other professors at UL Lafayette wrote and submitted this grant.
In 2009, Susannah Cahalan was a healthy 24-year-old reporter for the New York Post, when she began to experience numbness, paranoia, sensitivity to light and erratic behavior. Grasping for an answer, Cahalan asked herself as it was happening, "Am I just bad at my job — is that why? Is the pressure of it getting to me? Is it a new relationship?"
But Cahalan only got worse — she began to experience seizures, hallucinations, increasingly psychotic behavior and even catatonia. Her symptoms frightened family members and baffled a series of doctors.
Annie, an international student who attends the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is facing discrimination by students from her very own country. As a Christian, Annie is looked down upon by her Hindu roommates. They make sure she is aware of their disapproval by stealing her food and making her feel like everything she does is a mistake. “It’s just like the Hindus treat Christians in India,” says Annie.
Rehearsals for “Comedy Tonight”, a UL Lafayette opera, are in full motion. It will feature two acts of scenes from several different shows. Abby Boudreaux, playing the role of Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro” believes, “It actually will educate you a lot on different operas. We have stuff by Mozart, Rossini, Pergolesi, and Donizetti.
Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth is that oddest of literary achievements: an ingenious novel that I compulsively read, intellectually admired and increasingly hated. By the time I got to McEwan's last sneer of a plot twist, I felt that reading Sweet Tooth is the closest I ever want to come to the experience of watching a snuff film. Think that's harsh? Open up Sweet Tooth and find out what McEwan thinks of you, Dear Reader, particularly if you're a woman, as most readers of fiction are.
A U.S. Marine patrol walks across the charred oil landscape near a burning well near Kuwait City in March 1991. Concerns about oil supply were at play when the U.S. and its allies intervened during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. But American policy is changing now that Mideast oil imports to the U.S. are declining.
The U.S. maintains a strong naval presence in the Persian Gulf in order to safeguard key shipping lanes. Here, aircraft are parked on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln as a U.S. destroyer patrols the Arabian Sea in the Strait of Hormuz in February.
Within the next two decades, the United States may barely need any oil from the Persian Gulf, due in large part to increased domestic production. That dramatic shift could shake the foundation of U.S. interests in the Middle East.
Whenever Louisianians hear French spoken on radio, television or in the classroom, chances are one organization is owed thanks for keeping the heritage language alive. CODOFIL, or the Council for Development of French in Louisiana, has kept the French culture flourishing in the state since 1968. When Governor Bobby Jindal surprised Acadiana with a line item veto that slashed the budget for CODOFIL by 40 percent this June, Acadiana refused to watch its French heritage fade away.
Local jails are facing the burden of finding ways to compensate for loss of funds due to the overcrowding of inmates. However, with help from the state, the parishes are now finding ways to make ends meet.