The Lion's Roar

Christine Crook, assistant professor of costume design and make-up technology, shows off a costume she made in back 2019.

Costume design course returns with new professor

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter April 21, 2021

For the first time since 2017, the theatre department is welcoming back their costume design class for Fall 2021.  The class will be taught by new full-time instructor Christine Crook, a California...

Senior communication major John Williams holds his 2020 Suncoast Region Emmy award he received for his feature story production “July Fourth in Baton Rouge.

Southeastern Channel, two students win Emmy Awards

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter April 20, 2021

Two Southeastern students won the 2020 Student Production Awards from the Emmys’ Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  Spring 2020 graduate John Sartori and...

The music department and the Hammond Rotary Club hosted “An Evening of Jazz“ in February 2020. This semester, the university's jazz bands have been rehearsing for the Bill Evans Jazz Festival, April 14-17, after the festival was canceled last year.

Bill Evans Jazz Festival returns for 20th anniversary

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter April 13, 2021

The 20th anniversary of the Bill Evans Jazz Festival will commence on Wednesday, April 14 through Saturday, April 17, to showcase university student and faculty jazz performances in addition to a guest...

Phill Fest (right) rehearses with the University Jazz Ensemble on March 8, the day before their first concert of the semester, as jazz studies instructor Michael Brothers directs. Fest joined the ensemble as a guest artist for the concert. Brothers is featured on drums on Fest’s upcoming album “Cafe Fon Fon.”

Percussion instructor to be featured on upcoming album

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter April 2, 2021

A member of the music faculty is featured on the upcoming album of jazz guitarist and vocalist Phill Fest. Michael Brothers, director of jazz and percussion studies, plays the drums on Fest’s fifth...

Zoe Klien, a freshman computer science major, is coding during class. According to, women have only accounted for 13.6 percent of bachelor’s degrees in computer science.

Computer science: A field for any gender

Hannah Juneau, Staff Reporter March 30, 2021

“Computer science is a man’s field.” This is a statement commonly heard in the world of computer science. According to, women have only accounted for 13.6 percent of bachelor’s...

University choir members stretch during warmups at rehearsal on March 16 in preparation for the concert at First Baptist Church in Hammond on April 29. The performance will honor African American artists and their compositions.

Music department celebrates Black composers

Hannah Juneau, Staff Reporter March 26, 2021

Music has been around for almost 40,000 years and continues to evolve every day.  African American music has especially evolved and has positively impacted the music industry in multiple ways. On...

Senior art student Gabrielle Barnett's photo collection, titled

Art for the people, from the people

Trinity Brown, Staff Reporter March 24, 2021

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the art department was still able to host its 2021 Juried Student Exhibition for the annual art showcase for students all over campus.  Every spring, the department seeks...

Butler standing by his business’ first pop-up shop in Baton Rouge. Butler was thankful for everyone who had come to support him at his pop-up shop

SGA Vice President becomes entrepreneur

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter March 23, 2021

The phrase “ride your own wave” could be interpreted in various ways. For SGA Vice President Darnell Butler Jr., it means believing in oneself and thinking outside of the box to overcome obstacles. After...

Kali Norton, a Hammond-based photography, has added seasonal photoshoots to her list of available services.

Local photographer welcomes springtime with live bunny shoot

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter March 22, 2021

In the spirit of Easter, Kali Norton Photography has chosen to offer $30 photo shoots with live bunnies at her Downtown Hammond studio. The bunny photo shoots, taking place March 27-28, have already...

Nathaniel Britton, senior art major and creative director of The Wearable Art Fashion Show, submitted a piece titled

Wearable art fashion show returns with bold new styles

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter March 18, 2021

Featuring wearable art of all shapes, sizes and materials, the second-annual Wearable Art Fashion Show made its way to the Vonnie Borden Theatre on March 18. Nine artists with various professional backgrounds...

Freshman computer science major Abby Ortego looks through clothes at Goodwill. She is searching for professional clothes so that she can give a speech.

Thrifting: The new fashion trend

Hannah Juneau, Staff Reporter March 16, 2021

Colorful, affordable and sometimes crowded, thrift stores are becoming the new hot spot for teenagers and young adults to purchase clothing. Known to many, thrifting is the act of buying pre-owned clothing...

Student choreographers Emma Pinion and Stephanie Harris show off their abilities before their senior dance concerts. The artistic directors have been preparing for their senior thesis performances on March 14 and 15.

Graduating seniors to dance their last show

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter March 9, 2021

Senior dance students are set to close out the contemporary dance season with an original capstone experience.  On March 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Vonnie Borden Theatre, graduating seniors Emma Pinion...

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