The Lion's Roar

Campus Haunted House

Stashia Liegl, a freshman psychology major, dresses as an asylum patient in the“Haunted House” put on by Campus Activities Board.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

October 29, 2018

The Campus Activities Board tackles phobias and fears to spook students with this year’s “Haunted House.” The “Haunted House” will take place on Oct. 29-31 from 7-10 p.m. with the line starting outside the University Bookstore.  The theme for this year’s “Haunted House” focuses ...

Behind the scenes of Lion spirit

Lionette Olivia Joanos performs a routine for the crowd at Strawberry Stadium. Lionettes and cheerleaders raise Lion spirit for athletic events both on- and off-campus.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2018

As the official spirit squads of the university, the Lionettes and cheerleaders support the athletic teams at on-campus and off-campus events. The university’s cheerleaders and Lionettes work together to show Lion pride for the athletic programs and fan base. Each year, tryouts are held for both...

A day in the life of Michael Aleman

University Police Offer Michael Aleman aims to serve the university in his role on campus. His enjoyment of community events contributed to his reasons for joining the police force.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

October 23, 2018

Service, education and protection to the university are the three main goals of the University Police Department. But how did they get to their position and why do the officers stick with it? University Police Officer Michael Aleman, a university alumnus, said that he joined the police force after...

Smith’s journey to success

2018 Young Alumnus of the Year Joni Smith speaks with one of the students at Westside Junior High in her role as administrative assistant. Smith was also named the 2017 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2018

2018 Young Alumnus of the Year Joni Smith, administrative assistant at Westside Junior High School, is among those who agree that success is not always handed out on a silver platter. “I experienced childhood trauma and went into foster care and was adopted in high school,” said Smith. “Being...

24 hours of theatrical horror

Madison Wilson appears to stab Tyler Page in “Fear of Death.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

October 22, 2018

With roughly 50 people, Alpha Psi Omega condensed a theatre production into 24 hours to kick off the “Hammond Horror Festival.” President of APO Taylor Meng, a junior English education major, served as scenic designer for the play. She described the performance as “one of APO’s favorite events...

Bring on the fright at ‘Hammond Horror Fest’

 The annual “Hammond Horror Fest” features a 24-hour theatre event and a “Macabre Showcase.”  The event plans to conjure horror in all those who attend.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

October 16, 2018

“Hammond Horror Fest” plans to scare attendees for its eighth year in a row. The two-day event will feature the “7 Frightening Phobias” play on Oct. 19 in the Pottle Auditorium from 8-10 p.m., and the Macabre Showcase will take place at Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. on Oct. 20 from 6-10 p.m. Associate...

New Monarchs

2018 Homecoming King Cedric L. Dent, a senior social work major, and 2018 Homecoming Queen Da’Jon Beard, a junior early childhood education major, hug on the field after having their names called as the new king and queen.

Annie Goodman, Editor-in-Chief

October 15, 2018

The coronation of the 2018 Homecoming king and queen at Saturday’s game recognized Cedric L. Dent Jr. and Da’Jon Beard respectively. “Being Homecoming queen means a lot to me because I know that having the opportunity to represent my school, this community, my peers and my sorority will be such...

Sound for the sports

The “Spirit of the Southland” Marching Band allows students to perform at university games regardless of the student’s major.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2018

What do Neil Armstrong, Gwen Stefani, Andy Griffith, Steven Tyler and Bill Clinton all have in common? All these famous individuals were once a part of their school’s marching band. Since its reappearance in 2004, the “Spirit of the Southland” has been the title of the university’s marching...

Dracula: How the show goes on

Producing “Dracula” met some obstacles, but work from the entire team including actors, costume designers and set designers led to the play’s performance.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2018

Over 50 students and staff members collaborated to produce “Dracula” in the Vonnie Borden Theatre for Fanfare. The play was performed from Sept. 25-28 and was adapted for the stage and directed by James Winter, associate professor of acting and directing. Winter had his own spin on the English...

A day in the life of Jenna Licciardi

When Jenna Licciardi, a senior marketing major, manages to find free time in her schedule, she enjoys watching horror movies or painting.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

September 25, 2018

President of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha Jenna Licciardi, a senior marketing major, looks out for more than her studies on any given day. “Unlike the majority of people my age, instead of waking up and checking social media, I check my emails,” said Licciardi. “I am constantly...

Overcoming addiction: 4 years sober

Alaina Fontenot, a junior early childhood education, PK-3 major, sits with her daughter Luna Fontenot underneath Friendship Oak. Alaina Fontenot has been sober from her addiction to alcohol and pills for four years.

Annie Goodman, Editor-In-Chief

September 24, 2018

“There was a small part of me that knew that if I didn’t, that I was going to die, and that same small part of me didn’t want to die,” said Alaina Fontenot, a junior early childhood education, PK-3 major, who is four years sober from drug and alcohol addiction. Now 28 years old, Fontenot first...

Everything you need in downtown Hammond

The streets of Hammond are full of residents and visitors enjoying what downtown can offer.

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

September 20, 2018

By offering a place to eat, shop, live, work or hang out, Hammond became one of 10 semifinalists selected by Main Street America for the Great American Main Street Award. Chelsea Tallo, executive director of the Hammond Downtown Development District, expressed pride in her team for the recognition. “It’s...