There’s a school out there too

Back in 1958, after LSU’s football team had been proclaimed national champions, I penned an editorial in the Daily Reveille titled “Also a School,” to remind folks of noteworthy academic achievements going on at this “football school.”

Veni Harlan, adjunct professor in LSU’s School of Art and Graphic Design, is trying to do something similar today.

She forwarded a long list of LSU’s accomplishments off the football field, such as:

• For the fourth consecutive year, LSU was in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” list.

• The College of Engineering undergraduate program advanced 12 spots in U.S. News’ national rankings.

• The Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts program was ranked 21st in the nation in Poets & Writers Magazine.

• A doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography & Anthropology received a graduate fellowship for international study to conduct a year-long research project on sustainable agriculture practices in Bahia, Brazil.

• Two professors led a research team that studied the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fish in Louisiana marshes, finding that exposure to oil may have lasting impacts on the overall health of the fish.

• Students in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture got five national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

• The Louisiana Business & Technology Center has sent its mobile classroom to such cities as Abbeville and Jennings to conduct seminars to assist small-business owners.

• A professor of chemistry received more than $11 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to continue the LSU Superfund Research Center, focusing research on pollutants generated by hazardous waste.

And the football team is doing pretty well, too.

See that tiger

Speaking of LSU, the tradition of Mike the Tiger began in 1936 when LSU students raised $750 to purchase a Bengal tiger from the Little Rock, Ark., zoo.

The Advocate has created a photo gallery online showing that first Mike and mascots through the current Mike VI.

Some photos are available for purchase. Contact Photo Department manager John Ballance at (225) 388-0680.

The photo gallery is at http://theadvocate.com/multimedia/photos/.

Looking through it, I realized something about tigers - they go from cute to scary in no time at all.

Service man

After a reader bemoaned the lack of real service stations, I heard from Mona Faye Goudeau-Kimball:

“The only service station I ever knew was Meriwether’s at the corner of Lee Drive and Perkins Road, where I was instructed to go in case of a car problem when my father was out of town back in the late ‘50s.

“Mr. Carl Meriwether always knew our names, kind of car, who to call in case of an emergency, and gave service above and beyond anyone else.

“He continues his service: he made phone calls to find me after learning of the death of my brother, locating my daughter in Denham Springs.

“He is still showing service and concern as he did during all of his tenure as a business owner, friend, and neighbor of the Southdowns community.”

Night of the Bulldog

If you dine at Bistro Byronz between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Baton Rouge High School Foundation will receive 20 percent of food ticket totals.

Servers will hand out comment card with checks for diners to indicate support of the foundation.

Special People Dept.

• Neva Henderson, of Oakwood Assisted Living in Zachary, celebrates her 105th birthday Monday. She was born in Hominy, Okla., when Oklahoma was still a territory. She lives at Oakwood with husband Lamar.

• Dorothy Lively, of Calais House, celebrates her 92nd birthday Monday.

• Elaine Browning Fife celebrates her 92nd birthday Monday.

• Gilroy Moreau, of The Retirement Center, a World War II veteran, celebrates his 91st birthday Monday.

• Ernesto and Maria Céspedes celebrate 65 years of marriage Monday.

Beginning anatomy

A. Spears adds a “childspeak” story:

“My son Bobby was about 3 years old when he came to me crying.

“I asked him what was wrong, and he said, 'I have a headache in my leg.'!’"

The big cheese

Marsha Reichle says she heard this gem at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., “from renowned liar Bill Lepp:”

“Ballpark nachos are just redneck fondue.”

Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.