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Cooking up a good time in Ponchatoula

Cooking up a good time in Ponchatoula

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 25, 2019


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The arrival of spring brings with it fishing, crawfish boils and the annual “Jaycees Harry McKneely Melancon Memorial Jambalaya Cook-Off” hosted by the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce. According to Brad Matherne, chairman of the event, the cook-off is divided by the Jambalaya Festival Association...

A barbecue challenge to support charity

Shaelyn Martinez, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2019


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Hammond BBQ, Inc., a non-profit organization, will host the 17th "Hammond Smokin' BBQ Challenge" with competition, barbecue and charity. Each March, the event attracts people from the local and national area to participate. The barbecue will include the Kansas City Barbeque Society contest, the Backyard...

A connection built between STEM and the community

A connection built between STEM and the community

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

March 20, 2019


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Once a month, a two-hour STEM adventure is held at various locations all across the Northshore. Sponsored by the College of Science and Technology, STEM Cafés offer students in grades K-12 a chance to explore opportunities to career paths through science experiments. Troy Williams, instructor...

Uses of CBD since legalization

Uses of CBD since legalization

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

March 12, 2019


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Since last December, products containing cannabidiol can be purchased in all 50 states. Under the 2018 farm bill, hemp and hemp-related products are now federally legal to sell as long as the products do not contain more than 0.3 percent concentration of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as...

Study with drugs and anxiety

Study with drugs and anxiety

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

March 12, 2019


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To overcome the pressure for academic excellence, some students turn to stimulant drugs for increased focus when studying. Prescription stimulant medications, also termed "study drugs," "smart drugs" or "uppers," can be used improperly by the prescription holder or illegally by a person without a...

Training the teachers of tomorrow

Training the teachers of tomorrow

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 27, 2019


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Dr. Paula Calderon, dean of the College of Education, and Payton Bryant, university alumna and a teacher at Luling Elementary School, visited Washington, D.C. at the invite of Betsy DeVos, United States secretary of education, to brainstorm about preparing teachers for the classroom. Calderon described...

How financial aid impacts students from rural areas

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

February 27, 2019


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Students applying to the university who are from rural or homeschooled environments may face challenges not typical of a suburban or urban student. Problems such as financial aid, distance from the university and being a first-generation student can be challenging, specifically for students without...

Tattoos appropriate for the workplace

Tattoos appropriate for the workplace

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 26, 2019


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Over time, several norms of the workplace can find themselves in a flux including the availability of self-expression through tattoos. With about 15 years of experience, Michael “West Coast Mike” Casica, a tattoo artist at Hammond City Tattoo Company, has seen body art become more acceptable in...

Where does the smoke go?

Where does the smoke go?

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 19, 2019


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Though an individual choice, smoking marijuana can impact more than the user. When Madison Walters, a junior biological sciences major, stayed in the campus residence halls, she noticed marijuana smoke in her room and the hallways from other residents including her former roommate. Walters said, “Th...

Predicting the future of higher education

Predicting the future of higher education

Erica Welter, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019


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Opinions of how higher education will change by the year 2030 range from few alterations at all to the utter extinction of universities. In a Times Higher Education article titled “Future perfect: What will universities look like in 2030?” Warren Bebbington, former vice chancellor of the Univer...

Vendors accepting Lion’s Lagniappe grow

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2019


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With the agreement of Our Mom’s Restaurant and Bar to accept Lion’s Lagniappe in November of last year, the number of Lagniappe vendors increased to 39. Installation was complete, and card services have been available since December. Stefan Watts, manager of Our Mom’s, acknowledged that he has...

Lights out

Lights out

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2019


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On Monday, Jan. 28, the university and the surrounding Hammond area were impacted by a power outage. The power in several buildings on main campus was disrupted, and by 1:44 p.m., classes and most food services were canceled for the remainder of the day. Byron Patterson, director of the Physical Pla...