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‘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 ...

University reduces costs for online summer semester

The university has made changes to the summer semester to adapt to the circumstances of COVID-19. With online summer classes being provided at a reduced cost, the university encourages students to take advantage of these resources.

Symiah Dorsey and Carter McComack

April 28, 2020

The university has launched a ‘Summer Online’ initiative with a reduced cost in response to the circumstances of the ongoing pandemic. This initiative will move all components of the following semester to online instruction. The regular eight-week summer semester and the first four-week term will onl...

Governor extends stay-at-home order

Governor extends stay-at-home order

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

April 27, 2020

In efforts to maintain progress in fighting COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards has extended the stay-at-home order until May 15. Under the extended order, businesses that were previously ordered to stay close will remain closed. However, Edwards stated that additional guidelines will be added. These...

From staff to students: a look at online advising

Academic advisors advised students virtually for the Fall 2019 semester due to classes shifting online. In frame: academic advisor Benjamin Sherrill.

Maggie Tregre and Jacob Lofton

April 18, 2020

Academic advisors help students decide which classes they need to take to graduate on time.  Since classes have switched to a 100% online format, the advising process has also moved online. Academic advisor Scott Cooper shared that students often come into advising sessions with more anxiety ...

Governor Edwards gives update on COVID-19 Response

Governor Edwards gives update on COVID-19 Response

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards gave an update on Louisiana’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at a press conference at 2:30 pm, amidst speculations that the nationwide rate of growth for COVID-19 cases is beginning to slow. Edwards stated that as of noon on April 8, the Louisiana Department of Health...

Taylor Hall resident contracts COVID-19

Taylor Hall resident contracts COVID-19

Dylan Meche and Elana Guillory, Staff Reporters

April 8, 2020

On March 31, the university confirmed that a student who previously resided on campus tested positive for COVID-19. According to the university, the student resided in Taylor Hall during the 2019-2020 school year. However, it is believed that the student has not been on campus since March 21, and...

Huge rise in unemployment following COVID-19 outbreak

The usually busy dining area of Lee’s Drive-in sits empty after the state put measures in place to slow the spread of the pandemic. The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak has triggered a collapse in the U.S. workforce with 10 million people losing their jobs in the past two weeks and economists warn unemployment could reach levels not seen since the Depression, as the economic damage from the crisis piles up.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Preventative measures are already in place to prevent further spread of the virus, including the closure of all restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other non-essential businesses. Those who have...

Student-led petition helps prompt change in semester’s grading system

Freshman marketing major Anyree Phillips created a petition for the university to go to a pass/fail system after she noticed some flaws in the online courses. The petition had over 4,000 signatures in three days.

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

After the university closed face-to-face classes and moved to an online-based setting, it didn’t take long for university student Anyree Phillips, a freshman marketing major, to find some flaws in the system. To bring these problems to the attention of the administration, Phillips turned to change.org,...

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