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
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