Appellate court rules against law student

BATON ROUGE, La. -- An appellate court has denied an LSU law
student's request to block the increase of LSU football ticket
prices next year.

By a 4-1 vote, judges with the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal
upheld a previous ruling by state District Judge William Morvant of
Baton Rouge. He agreed with LSU attorneys who argued that the
increase does not represent a fee increase and therefore does not
need legislative approval before being enacted.

Starting in 2004, season tickets will cost $252 for seven games.
The LSU Board of Supervisors voted in favor of raising ticket
prices with a mandatory ``donation'' of $80 to $400 per season
ticket, depending on seating, with better seating for a higher

LSU law student Donald Hodge sued LSU in an attempt to block the
increase. Hodge has said Louisiana law requires that any fee
increase must be approved by a two-thirds vote of both chambers of
the Legislature.

LSU has countered, and judges have agreed, that "fees" related
to the university are only those charges that apply to the
principal governmental function -- providing higher education to