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NCAA proposes $2,000 increase for athletes

by Troy Gaulden

NCAA president Mark Emmert‘s proposal to increase grants to student-athletes by $2,000 has been approved in order to cover the full cost of attending college.

LSU chancellor Michael Martin disagrees with the proposal | Photo by Troy Gaulden

According to Louisiana State University chancellor Michael Martin, each conference will now vote on the matter, and it is expected that most will accept the proposal.

But Martin, a former chancellor at New Mexico State, disagrees with increasing student-athlete grants, because not all schools can afford to do so.  Martin says this will widen the gap between the haves and have-nots.

“I’m not sure that the $2,000 serves a particularly good purpose for those of us who can afford it, and it most certainly will have a negative impact on those who can’t,” said Martin.

Also, with conference realignment and television network deals, the landscape of college athletics is shifting.  The Southeastern Conference added Texas A&M and the University of Missouri, a move that Martin backs.

“Both Texas A&M and Missouri are AAU universities, which means that they are academically very highly regarded.  They both have strong traditions in the sports we play.  They are within reach of our smaller teams being able to travel successfully there.”

LSU chancellor Micahel Martin on SEC expansion:

LSU FACES brings human remains back to life

by Troy Gaulden

The Louisiana State University Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory provides a unique perspective of the human face.

LSU FACES Imaging Specialist Eileen Barrow works on a clay facial reconstruction | Photo by Troy Gaulden

LSU FACES assists law enforcement agencies with the recovery and identification of human remains while running a Louisiana missing and unidentified database.

The lab consists of seven women and several graduate assistants.  The imaging specialists use the actual skulls from victims, tissue markers and clay to reconstruct faces.  In addition, Photoshop is used to give the faces a more realistic look.

According to Mary Manhein, Director of LSU FACES Laboratory, you do not need a degree in forensic science specifically to get a job as a forensic investigator.  Manhein suggests that students who are interested in the field should get a graduate degree, because forensic science is a very popular and competitive field.

LSU currently offers forensic science courses to graduate students and graduating seniors, but that is about to change.  According to Manhein, the LSU Department of Geography & Anthropology will offer a general education course in forensic anthropology (ANTH 2014) in the Spring 2012 semester.

For a timeline of other FACES lab events click here.

Mary Manhein on facial reconstruction: