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COVID-19 vaccine: a work in progress

COVID-19 vaccine: a work in progress

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

On April 23 in Oxford, England, Europe’s first human trial of the coronavirus vaccine began. This vaccine, along with many others currently being in development around the globe, is the start of a race to find a cure for the coronavirus. According to an article published by BBC News, more than 800 ...

Remembering Grammy-winning American cellist, Lynn Harrell

Harrell poses with university students after a masterclass in Daniel Cassin's studio.

Carter McComack, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

On Monday, April 27, Lynn Harrell, an American cellist, passed away. Over the course of his nearly six-decade career, Harrell performed and instructed internationally. In addition to two Grammy Awards for Best Chamber Music Performance, he was awarded the inaugural Avery Fisher Prize and the Piatigorsky Awar...

Seniors share feelings about their final year

Last semester’s commencement ceremony proceeded with no knowledge of what was to come the following semester. The university notified Spring 2020 graduates that commencement will be postponed and no longer be held in May due to the current social limitations.

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

For many graduating seniors, their final semester as a student at the university has been unusual.  On March 26, students were notified via a student notice email that the Spring Commencement ceremony would be moved from May 16 to a date in late summer that has yet to be determined.  There was a...

Gov. Edwards lifts stay-at-home order, moves to phase one of reopening

Governor John Bel Edwards ordered a stay-at-home order on March 22 that directed residents to limit movement from their houses beyond essential needs. On May 11, Edwards announced the first phase of reopening begining May 15.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will be lifting the stay-at-home order on Friday, May 15 and will be moving to phase one of reopening based on the White House’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.  After examining downward trends of hospitalizations and new cases per capi...

Library maintains engagement off campus

Sims Memorial Library has the guide “Using Sims Library during COVID-19 closure” available for students. The guide contains information on accessing databases, including 40 temporary resources provided by database vendors, course reserves, research help and other information.

Daniel McClain, Staff Reporter

May 5, 2020

Although the building is closed, the Sims Memorial Library is operating virtually to ensure that students get the help and resources they need for their classes. During the stay-at-home order, the library has continued to maintain its  24/7 online chat assistance. Eric Johnson, library director, expla...

Faculty and staff to obtain new Southeastern Forever Parking Tag

A special parking tag will be issued to faculty and staff who choose to participate in the payroll deduction plan for the upcoming fall and spring semesters. The tag will permit them to park in Faculty/Staff parking spots all around campus.

Briyana Anderson, Staff Reporter

May 5, 2020

Full-time faculty and staff members who opt into the payroll deduction plan for the upcoming fall and spring semesters will be offered the Southeastern Forever parking tag. The hang tag will not have an expiration date, and the employee can use it as long as they are enrolled in the payroll deduct...

Students with loved ones in the medical field forced to make additional adjustments

Students with family members in health care have had to make more adjustments to their lives, taking additional safety measures and being distanced from their loved ones.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

May 5, 2020

Throughout the past several weeks, students have been forced to stay at home with their families as Louisiana responds to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some students with parents in the medical profession have had to make additional adjustments. On March 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a stay-at-ho...

‘Mask Up & Make a Difference’ combats supply shortages

Alumna Valerie Saba is one of many volunteers to make and donate masks to the “Mask Up & Make a Difference” initiative. Each mask, all supplies and every monetary donation will go toward assisting front-line healthcare workers during this time of low inventory and high demand.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

May 5, 2020

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is partnering with the Southeastern Foundation to help with the low supply of medical masks for healthcare workers amidst the global emergency. The project will also aid current and future graduates of the university who are working on the front lines. The initi...

Oil prices crash to historic lows amidst lockdown

A Circle K gas station off of I-12 in Baton Rouge displays its gas prices. Gas stations around the country post prices under 2 dollars as the price of crude oil reaches historic lows.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

April 30, 2020

U.S. oil prices plunged to a historic low of below 0 dollars a barrel, causing gas prices around the country to continue their sharp decline. According to AAA’s website, Louisiana’s average gas price as of April 20 is $1.666 a gallon, which has fallen nearly 20 cents from March’s average of $1.94...

University Counseling Center now provides coping resources virtually

Groups like RA Support Group and Here and Queer are among nine support groups that the university offers.

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

April 29, 2020

The University Counseling Center now provides support groups for faculty and students virtually. Groups like RA Support Group and Here and Queer are among nine support groups that the university offers. To combat COVID-19 related stress, the UCC now offers two new groups. LION UP Recovery, established f...

Know your leaders

The winners of the SGA election will serve as the

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2020

The Student Government Association held an online election for students to vote for a new president, vice president and chief justice. L’Oreal Williams was elected SGA President, Darnell Butler, Jr. was elected SGA Vice President and Madison Sunde was elected SGA Chief Justice. Voting was held onlin...

Ring Ceremony date still not set in stone

The ring ceremony is a tradition that celebrates a graduating student's accomplishments. Now that classes are online, the ceremony may have to be conducted virtually.

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2020

The Southeastern Ring is a symbolic item that represents a student’s four or more years of hard work. Due to the university’s closure, however, graduating seniors and family members may be concerned about the Ring Ceremony and how it will be held. Michelle Biggs, executive director of alumni ...