The Lion's Roar

Training the teachers of tomorrow

Training the teachers of tomorrow

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

University digging into sustainability

University digging into sustainability

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2019

The university installed 90 geothermal wells on the north side of Ascension Hall with 130 currently being added at the former site of Zachary Taylor Hall. This sustainability effort began almost two years ago with funds from University Facilities Inc. Faculty anticipate the money saved from the geothermal w...

Student fees increase

Student fees increase

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

December 4, 2018

In the spring semester, the university will introduce a $5.30 per credit hour student fee increase in line with the University of Louisiana System decision. For a full-time student, or a student taking 12 credit hours, the total fee increase equals $63.60. The university is expected to raise about...

‘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

Understanding gun culture in history

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...