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Smitty Supply Inc. donates $250,000 to the university

Smitty Supply Inc. donates $250,000 to the university

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2020

A local business demonstrated their support for the university with a $250,000 donation aimed to help multiple programs. Smitty’s Supply Inc., a lubricant manufacturing and distributing company based in Roseland, La., made the contribution to benefit the university’s professional sales,...

SGA releases election application packets

SGA releases election application packets

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

March 26, 2020

Due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19, many university faculty and staff are now working from home. In addition, all classes have been moved to online. Despite the transition to online classes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, the Student Government Association has released the ele...

Pandemic leaves students facing financial struggle

Pandemic leaves students facing financial struggle

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

March 25, 2020

With the closures of bars, movie theaters, gyms and other establishments, university students are facing financial concerns as their jobs are put on hold. Economic repercussions are reflected in the number of people who have filed for unemployment. As reported by the U.S. Department of Labor on March...

Instructors’ perspectives on online transition

Instructors’ perspectives on online transition

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

March 24, 2020

University students, faculty and staff have had to adapt to daily changes in both their education and lifestyle. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, university courses have transitioned to be 100% online, and campus residents have been advised and encouraged to go home if they are able. Lear...

The Wesley Foundation stands in for food pantry amid pandemic

The Wesley Foundation stands in for food pantry amid pandemic

Carter McComack, Staff Reporter

March 24, 2020

Since the effects of COVID-19 have reached the Southeastern community, Multicultural and International Student Affairs announced on March 19 that the Food Pantry in McGehee Hall will close for the remainder of the semester. Located on 307 W. Dakota St. in Hammond, the Wesley Foundation will be handling...

Master locksmith at Physical Plant receives Charles E. Dunbar Award

Master locksmith at Physical Plant receives Charles E. Dunbar Award

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

March 24, 2020

University employee Clifton Dean Morgan was one of 12 civil service employees to be presented with an annual award that recognized his contributions to the community. Morgan is a recipient of the 2019 Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Career Civil Service Award. The award recognizes selfless state and loca...

Sims Library director retires after 23 years

Sims Library director retires after 23 years

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2020

After overseeing Sims Memorial Library for over two decades, the director is preparing to pass the torch.  Eric Johnson, director of Sims Memorial Library, is retiring this semester after 23 years at the university. The Connecticut native decided that after 55 years of working in libraries, he...

Humanities 401 to return for Summer 2020

Humanities 401 to return for Summer 2020

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2020

Students who need an additional humanities credit will have the opportunity to take Humanities 401 this summer. The Department of World Languages and Cultures will be offering the course for the second time since its initial addition. The class will once again be taught by Jerry Parker, the undergraduate...

Affordable professional headshots available for students

Affordable professional headshots available for students

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2020

An economics professor has been providing students an opportunity to get professional headshots for $20. Since the spring of 2016, Matthew Alford, instructor in the College of Business and Management, has been teaming up with local photographers Catherine Masters and Katie Charbonnet to provide affordable...

University Health Center is open for students

University Health Center is open for students

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2020

Following the university’s decision to move all classes from face-to-face to online, the University Health Center remains open and available to students. Andrea Peevy, director of the UHC, stated that students with health concerns can still utilize the resources available to them. “The University He...

Library remains open but events are cancelled

Library remains open but events are cancelled

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

March 18, 2020

Several events related to the Sims Memorial Library have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Exhibition Opening at the library on March 16 and the “Let’s Talk Art” lecture presented by Anna Dow at the Contemporary Art Gallery on March 18 have both been c...

Q&A with Dean of Students

Q&A with  Dean of Students

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2020

How will the university accommodate students who don’t have internet connection? “At the moment, we do recognize that every student won’t have a laptop or access to Wi-Fi. On campus, there will be labs open. I know Fayard will remain open, the library will remain open. There’s conversations a...