The Lion's Roar

‘Sip Smarter’ initiative created to reduce plastic straw waste

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2018

Americans use 500 million drinking straws daily according to the National Park Service, the equivalent of 183 billion straws a year. To counter this, Auxiliary Services launched its “Sip Smarter” campaign to reduce the amount of waste that these drinking conveniences contribute to landfills each...

A potential budget increase for Louisiana

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

December 4, 2018

In response to past budget cuts, the Louisiana Board of Regents requested a $172 million increase in the state budget for public colleges. If approved, general state funding for higher education would increase to $1.2 billion in the 2019-20 fiscal year beginning on July 1. President Dr. John L....

Understanding gun culture in history

Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Dr. Samuel Hyde, Jr, a professor of history, was awarded the “Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award” for his book on gun culture in Louisiana’s Florida Parishes.

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2018

Director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies Dr. Samuel Hyde Jr., professor of history, was awarded the “Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award” by the Gulf South Historical Association for his book “Pistols and Politics: Feuds, Factions, and the Struggle for Order in Louisiana’s Florida...

Getting out the vote

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

November 6, 2018

Although midterm elections this year select 506 political offices, voter turnout continues to lag behind voter registration. "Voting is one of the most fundamental rights we hold as Americans," said Public Information Director for the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office Brandee Patrick. "It's not...

The scary side of social media

Constant use of social media can carry negative effects.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2018

Though social media offers a convenient form of communication and networking, negative effects can accompany prolonged use.  According to Director of Graduate Studies and Institutional Effectiveness John Boulahanis, social media is psychologically addictive, and like other addictions, withdrawal brin...

Breathe to relax

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2018

The University Health Center has partnered with Sims Memorial Library to offer a space for students who cannot find the time in their day to breathe. Mindfulness Breaks occur each Tuesday on the third floor of the library at 5 p.m. Kuldip Grest, a registered nurse at the University Health Center,...

Two businesses, one haunting experience

Actors and actresses dress up for the three events at The Party Barn and aim to scare participants. Zombies on the Bayou, Haze Maze and Zombie Escape are running until Nov. 3.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2018

A Hammond venue dedicates this time of the year to the spirit of Halloween. Ranch of Horror and The Party Barn have come together to run three Halloween attractions from Sept. 28 until Nov. 3. The three options for visitors include “Zombies of the Bayou,” which is a hayride course, “Haze Maze,”...

Remembering Roppolo

Annie Goodman, Editor-In-Chief

October 22, 2018

After 28 years of service to the university as a physical plant worker, George Roppolo, 58, passed away after having a heart attack while on the job. “He had the biggest heart,” shared Gianna Roppolo, his daughter. “He was very giving and very caring. He’d help any student. He didn’t care...

Mandatory bike registration

Transportation Services is looking at places on campus where more bicycle racks could benefit both students and faculty following the instituted bicycle policy that will require registration starting on Jan. 1, 2019.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2018

Once an optional process, students and faculty should make a note about the university’s new policy that requires bikes used on campus to be registered with the university. According to Director of Transportation Services Gary Prescott, the policy was made effective by the Office of Student Affairs...

Meal prepping made easy

Meals can be kept fresh and ready for the week by storing them in the refrigerator.

Madeline Cancienne, Staff Reporter

October 17, 2018

Maintaining a healthy diet while being on-the-go all the time may seem like an impossible task, but meal prepping can make it simpler. According to a survey conducted by The FASEB Journal, 84 percent of 344 surveyed students eat fast food, and 54 percent of students eat it at least once a week. Meal...

Apartment Guide scholarship

The Apartment Guide scholarship offers an opportunity for students to pay for college related expenses. Students can submit an essay on the Apartment Guide website for a chance to win $2500.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

October 16, 2018

Apartment Guide looks to help students trying to balance college expenses and costs of living with a $2,500 scholarship. Possible recipients must write a 500-600 word essay with one question in mind, “What makes a home a home?” Submissions will be reviewed, and 10 of them will make it through...

Healthy food for a healthy life

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

September 24, 2018

The human body needs a wide variety of nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As different foods supply different nutrition, consuming food to supply a balanced diet can sometimes be tricky. Superfoods are the foods that are thought to be nutritionally dense and should therefore be included in the...