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Student passes after falling from Thelma Ryan Hall

Counseling services available, prayer vigil for student’s passing
Victoria Collins
A teddy bear and flowers were placed near the scene of the incident, honoring the student’s passing. Nov. 29, 2023

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Southeastern informed students via SMS text of an incident regarding a student at Thelma Ryan Hall. University Police, an ambulance and the Hammond Fire Department were at the scene. The building closed for the remainder of the day and reopened today. 

A second alert told students to “refrain from this area until police clear the scene” and to contact their professors about any schedule changes. 

The student involved was announced to have passed around 3:30 p.m. in a message from SLU President Dr. William Wainwright and on the @oursoutheastern Instagram. Both messages implored students to reach out for help during this trying time. They reminded people to call the University Counseling Center at 985-549-3894 or contact UPD after hours at 2222. 

They also asked for respect for the privacy of the family and friends of this student. 

“As a valued member of the Southeastern family, we know the loss is being felt by many, and we are doing everything we can to support friends, family and the wider student and staff community,” the messages wrote. 

There will be a student-led prayer vigil from 6-6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater before the Celebration of Lights. All are invited to attend and find support from the Southeastern community. 

The UCC opened breakout sessions in the Student Union Annex for students who needed counseling following the incident. There were group and individual sessions available. 

All day today, the UCC will continue hosting group counseling sessions in Student Union Annex rooms 2202, 2203, 2217 and 2218. Academic advisors from the College of Honors and Excellence will also be helping to facilitate sessions. Students can also head to their office near the Student Union Breezeway for individual crisis counseling.

Groups will begin roughly every half-hour. The Baptist Collegiate Ministry will also be available for prayer and support. 

Northwestern State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe are also providing virtual services to students. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] to access their services. 

At 1:39 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, @oursoutheastern published another message from the president regarding the incident. 

“Dear University Family, as we continue to lean on one another during this difficult time, I want to express my sincere appreciation to the university family of students, faculty, staff and community for the outpouring of support for our student, his family and one another,” he said. 

Wainwright said the Celebration of Lights tonight and the Presidential Investiture Ceremony tomorrow will be modified out of “respect for the circumstance we are working through.” He acknowledged students’ involvement in planning these events and said “being together for one another has never been more important.” 

After the news of the incident reached students, popular social media and messaging apps blew up with students asking questions and sharing their sentiments and concerns.

One YikYak user wrote, “I can’t imagine what was going through their head, I just want to give them a hug. This hurts my heart and I don’t even know them.” 

Another YikYak user said, “Everyone, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Check on your friends. Everyone has a battle they are fighting. It’s heavy today, but let this be a reminder that every day is precious.” 

Students should contact the UCC at 985-549-3894, email [email protected] or visit their office to receive free counseling and support.

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Kennith Woods
Kennith Woods, Editor-in-Chief
Kennith Woods is a sophomore communication major with a concentration in television and multimedia journalism and a creative writing minor. A resident of Prairieville, Kennith is The Lion’s Roar’s newly-minted news editor. His passion for progressive change within our communities is the driving factor behind his educational pursuits, as he wants to use journalism to facilitate vital information to the public and simultaneously serve as a mouthpiece for the people’s needs and concerns.
Chloe Williams
Chloe Williams, Editor-in-Chief
Chloe Williams is an English major with a concentration in creative writing and minors in communication and theater. She hopes to become a newspaper reporter who will be able to write and travel for the news and spread the voice of the people. You can find her anywhere that contains a stage, hanging out and eating with her friends on campus or taking a nap when she gets the chance.
Hydee Holsapple
Hydee Holsapple, Copy Editor
Hydee Holsapple is an integrative biology major with minors in chemistry and communication. She has been with The Lion's Roar team since Feb. 2022 and currently serves as the copy editor. She loves learning and is recognized by the compassion and integrity she displays in her eyes and smile.
Victoria Collins
Victoria Collins, Staff Reporter
Victoria Collins is a freshman nursing major specializing in communication sciences and disorders. A local of New Orleans, Victoria is fresh off the press as one of the newest staff reporters. She enjoys reading, writing and taking long naps. After graduating, Victoria aspires to be a speech-language pathologist.
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    nataviyaowensDec 5, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Prayers for the victim’s family and friends

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    Yvonne Champion WrightDec 5, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the college and his friends and family this Is such a tragic. Remember to check on your friends family that may seem to be ok and strong but don’t show It u never know what a person Is going through.❤️❤️