The Lion's Roar

Students and faculty share their experiences dealing with the coronavirus

The Roomie poster in the University Health Center has a mask on. According to the university, as of Sept. 4, a total of 35 students tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Brynn Lundy and Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporters

September 14, 2020

Ever since its arrival in the United States in January, the coronavirus has impacted the daily lives of many people, including those within the campus community. Prior to the start of the fall semester, several students and faculty contracted COVID-19 and were required to quarantine. Sam Englehart, a ...

University to report confirmed cases of COVID-19

University to report confirmed cases of COVID-19

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

September 4, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health will begin collecting data from public colleges and universities across the state regarding positive cases of COVID-19. The university sent out a Faculty/Staff notice on Sept. 4 that included the number of cases that have been reported so far.  According to ...

Columbia Famous Talent Contest to be held in person

After hosting a variety of virtual events throughout the summer, the Columbia Theatre is planning to host an in-person competition in October. Miss Southeastern 2020 Janine Hatcher will be hosting the event.

Gabriele Wood, Staff Reporter

September 1, 2020

After switching to virtual in the spring, The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will be hosting its first in-person Columbia Famous Talent Show on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. James Winter, artistic director and associate professor of acting and directing, explained the precautions that the Columbia The...

Governor announces mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge

On Saturday, July 11, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that face masks/coverings will be mandatory in all public places for individuals over the age of eight. The changes will stay in  place until Friday, July 24.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

July 11, 2020

Amidst record numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a state-wide face mask mandate and additional limitations to combat the spread of the virus.  Edwards made the announcement during a press conference on Sunday, July 11. The executive order c...

Louisiana extends phase two of reopening for 28 more days

Governor John Bel Edwards expressed in a radio interview with Brian Haldane that the phase two of reopening will be extended. The official announcement will be made before current phase two expires on Friday, Aug. 28.

Staff Reports

June 23, 2020

Phase three of reopening has been postponed for the state of Louisiana.  On June 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards stated in a press conference that Louisiana will remain in Phase two for at least 28 more days. “We will not be moving to phase three when the order expires at the end of this week,” announced Ed...

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 ...

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...

Protests will only make the virus stronger

Protests will only make the virus stronger

Briyana Anderson, Staff Reporter

May 9, 2020

People around the country are now protesting to open the economy back up. Numerous protesters believe that the government is taking away their freedoms and rights. In reality, they are the ones putting everyone in danger with their selfishness and making state stay-at-home orders expand. Many of th...

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...

Louisiana COVID-19 numbers grim but improving

Louisiana COVID-19 numbers grim but improving

Briyana Anderson, Staff Reporter

April 28, 2020

As of April 27, the number of worldwide COVID-19 cases is 3 million with over 200,000 deaths. In the United States alone, there are 1 million cases and over 56,000 deaths reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Louisiana, over 27,000 cases were reported with over 1,600 deaths. On Tu...

Give yourself an honest break during staycation

Give yourself an honest break during staycation

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

April 15, 2020

The words “spring break” can be the medication to any student’s exhausted, college-torn soul. Spring semester has a knack for blurring into a distressing sequence of papers, quizzes and exams. It can get difficult to just stop and breathe.  Usually, spring break lets us do just that. We get to let some o...