The Lion's Roar

Keeping up with Miss Southeastern 2020 Janine Hatcher

Janine Hatcher, Miss Southeastern 2020, is halfway through the first semester of her reign. Pictured is Hatcher with her family backstage after being crowned at the pageant on Nov. 22.

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

March 22, 2020

On Nov. 22, Janine Hatcher was crowned Miss Southeastern Louisiana University 2020. A tradition dating back to the 1970s, Miss Southeastern is an important fixture on campus. She represents all things green and gold everywhere she goes.  Hatcher launched her reign as Miss SLU on Jan. 22 with the ...

Organizational Spotlight: Phi Beta Lambda

Organizational Spotlight:  Phi Beta Lambda

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

March 11, 2020

Phi Beta Lambda, Future Business Leaders of America, is an on-campus organization for students interested in pursuing a career in business. The organization provides opportunities for students to network and get involved with professionals in the industry. Chelsey Blank, president of PBL, explained t...

Janine Hatcher crowned Miss Southeastern 2020

Janine Hatcher, Miss Southeastern Louisiana University 2020, performs a song on cello and sings during the talent portion of the pageant. One of the things that helped Hatcher through the pageant was focusing on her own performance and not comparing herself to others in the competition.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

November 23, 2019

A new Miss Southeastern was crowned as the Campus Activity Board hosted its annual Miss Southeastern Louisiana University pageant. This year, 15 contestants competed for the title of Miss Southeastern Louisiana University 2020 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Nov. 22.  The page...

Williams is first Mr. Southeastern in over a decade

Miss Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy 2019 Chelsey Blank hugs Brian Williams, a senior communication major, after Williams was announced Mr. Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy 2019. Blank organized the competition to raide funds for her platform: Down Syndrome Awareness.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

October 16, 2019

For the first time in over ten years, a student has been crowned Mr. Southeastern Louisiana University 2019. Brian Williams, a senior communication major, was crowned Mr. Southeastern on Wednesday, Oct. 2, after winning first place in the pageant. He described what it was like the moment he realized...

Mr. Southeastern back after 12 year hiatus

Brian Williams, a senior communication major, poses for a picture with Miss Southeastern Louisiana University 2019 Chelsey Blank and orientation leaders after winning the competition. Williams played musical instruments for his talent competition, and won the “Best Hair Award.“

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2019

After more than a decade hiatus, the title of Mr. Southeastern has been brought back on campus. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Brian Williams, a senior communication major, was crowned Mr. Southeastern Louisiana University 2019. After the last competition being held in the year 2007, the pageant system...

Miss Louisiana Preparation

Chelsey Blank, a junior accounting major, is going to West Monroe to compete in the Miss Louisiana Pageant as Miss Southeastern Louisiana University. Blank has been preparing for the pageant since winning her title.

Annie Goodman, Editor-in-Chief

June 12, 2019

Once a year, some of the most beautiful and talented women across the state gather in West Monroe to compete for the title of Miss Louisiana. Since the 1970s, the university has sent a representative as Miss Southeastern Louisiana University, and this year Chelsey Blank, a junior accounting major, has...

Blank leads by inspiration and compassion

Shreeja Bhatt, Shreya Bhatt, Xuyen Nguyen and Clarissa Smith, senior chemistry majors, talk to Chelsey Blank, Miss Southeastern Louisiana University. In her leadership position, Blank tries to be a role model for others on campus.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

May 13, 2019

Years of experience prepared Chelsey Blank, Miss Southeastern Louisiana University, to be an influence for other students. Though Blank grew into the leadership role, she did not abandon every childhood whimsy. “As I’ve grown up, I kept the young, silly part about me thriving, but I’ve still matured, and I ...

Students wear their symbols of pride

Students received their rings at the

Shaelyn Martinez, Staff Reporter

May 9, 2019

Students received their rings to show pride and commemorate their time at the university. The "Ring Ceremony" was held on May 8 at 6 p.m. Family, friends, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the seniors' achievements. The celebration began with Roomie, Chelsey Blank, Miss Southeastern Louisiana...

The significance behind wearing green and gold

Emily Waddell, a junior sport management major, Mary Anna Jambon, a junior sport management major, and Nadia Whitfield, a senior sport management major, showcase their department apparel.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

April 1, 2019

Wearing university apparel allows students to showcase their school spirit and represent their institution. Kristina McBride, coordinator of tutoring and record keeping for Student Support Services, shared why students benefit from wearing school apparel. “Students feel a sense of belonging and pride when they are...

The crowns crossing campus

Sisters Mason and Madison Burnette, left to right, represent their community by participating in pageants. They hold the Miss Italian Festival and Miss Christmas on the Bayou titles, respectively.

Madeline Cancienne, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2019

The women on campus who become involved in pageantry may have varying amounts of experience, but many share the same values that the competition experience provides. Madison Burnette, a freshman kinesiology major, shared that her journey to the pageant world began when she was young. “I got involv...

Crowning Chelsey

Chelsey Blank, a junior accounting major, was crowned 2019 Miss Southeastern by 2018 Miss Southeastern Alyssa Larose, a junior elementary education and special education major. Blank also won the Talent Award and the Academic Award.

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

December 3, 2018

Every year, the university chooses its new ambassador as Miss Southeastern and awards her with golden roses, the local Miss America crown, an opportunity to compete in the Miss Louisiana Pageant and recognition in various events on campus. The title holder is also awarded one year’s tuition, $1000...