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Governor announces stay-at-home order

Governor announces stay-at-home order

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

March 24, 2020

On March 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that went  into effect March 23 at 5 p.m. to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana. “In Louisiana, we have taken aggressive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve; however, this is no...

A new project will transform two downtown city blocks

A new project will transform two downtown city blocks

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2020

The Hammond Downtown Development District has been preparing for a new project that will seek volunteers to revitalize and transform two city blocks. “Build a Better Block” was scheduled to take place over two days, Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21, but was postponed.  On the first day of the event, volunteers wil...

University responds to state-wide admissions changes

University responds to state-wide admissions changes

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2020

The Louisiana Board of Regents made changes to the minimum admission requirements for colleges and universities across the state.  On February 19, the board updated their minimum requirements after a request was made in 2019 for a full policy review.  The change was made in response to Louisia...

Gracie United returns to downtown Hammond

Gracie United returns to downtown Hammond

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2020

A familiar business has returned to Hammond in replacement of the Anytime Fitness that closed down on Cate Street.  Gracie United, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym, is moving downtown. Gracie United has previously kept a gym at two other locations in Hammond since 2003. The owner of Gracie United, Rafae...

Edwards confirms 387 presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Louisiana

Edwards confirms 387 presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Louisiana

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards hosted a press conference on March 19 at 3:30 p.m. after a call with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence along with the rest of the nation’s governors. Edwards confirmed that there are now 387 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. He also stated there...

Updates on operational changes, March 17

Updates on operational changes, March 17

Staff Reports

March 17, 2020

The university has announced that more precautions will be made to further minimize the on-campus population. Updates for March 17 are as follows: Online classes will extend through the end of the semester. It is very likely that Spring Commencement as currently scheduled will be cancelled. ...

An update on the pandemic: coronavirus

An update on the pandemic: coronavirus

Daniel McClian, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

On Jan. 30, COVID-19 was declared a “public health emergency of international concern.” On March 13, President Donald Trump declared the outbreak a national emergency. Symptoms of the coronavirus consist of fever, coughing, shortness of breath and in some cases, pneumonia. These symptoms can ...

How to ensure your FAFSA is filled out correctly

How to ensure your FAFSA is filled out correctly

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

With the 2020 spring semester reaching its halfway point, several students are beginning to fill out the FAFSA. Students may find it difficult to fill out the correct information.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (better known as FAFSA) is a federal form in which students can apply f...

Coronavirus halts in-person classes, changes daily life in Louisiana and around the globe

Coronavirus halts in-person classes, changes daily life in Louisiana and around the globe

Staff Reports

March 17, 2020

With the recent outbreak of coronavirus, the university took precautionary measures to transition face-to-face classes to online classes. Following President John L. Crain’s mass email regarding the decision on Thursday, March 12 to move towards remote learning, there have been several operational...

US moves nearer to shutdown amid coronavirus fears

US moves nearer to shutdown amid coronavirus fears

AP News

March 15, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials across the country curtailed many elements of American life to fight the coronavirus outbreak on Sunday, with health officials recommending that groups of 50 or more don’t get together and a government expert saying a 14-day national shutdown may be needed. Governors were cl...

University gives updates on operational changes

University gives updates on operational changes

March 13, 2020

The university has given updates regarding the operational changes after the announcement of transitioning from face-to-face classes to remote learning. Updates for Friday, March 13 are as follows: Activities directly related to academic courses will be determined by faculty in conjunction with ac...

Face-to-face classes transitioning online beginning March 18

Face-to-face classes transitioning online beginning March 18

Staff Reports

March 12, 2020

President John L. Crain sent an email to students, faculty and staff explaining that face-to-face classes will not meet from Friday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 17. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, classes will be delivered remotely, which includes online formats. Campus operations will continue, and s...