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Spring 2020 visual arts alumni present Senior Exhibition despite pandemic

University alumnus James Gillette displayed his art in the 2020 Senior Exhibition, along with the works of Timothy Johnson and Belinda Flores-Shinshilla. Nine graduates currently have their work on display in the gallery through Sept. 29.

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2020

A pandemic could not stop spring seniors from presenting their annual Senior Art Exhibition at the university’s Contemporary Art Gallery. From Sept. 8-29, work by 2020 alumni Belinda Flores Shinshillas, James Gillette, Timothy Johnson, Kelsey Mack, Mia Maniscalco, Janeva Morris, Robin Wilson, Ra’...

Preparing for Miss Southeastern 2021

In preperation for the 60th Miss Southeastern Louisiana Pageant, Miss Southeastern 2020 Janine Hatcher shared her excitement for the upcoming event and gave advice to those who wish to compete.

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

September 17, 2020

It is that time of the year again where university students sign up to compete in the annual Miss Southeastern Louisiana University pageant. The 2021 Miss SLU Pageant will be held on Jan. 22. Each contestant must complete the application process on the Campus Activities Board website and attend ma...

Vonnie Borden takes on socially-distanced season

Located in D Vickers Hall, The Vonnie Borden Theatre hosts a variety of theatrical performances every year. The 2020-2021 season brings several changes as both audiences and cast members have to adjust to performing during COVID-19.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2020

Despite all obstacles presented by COVID-19, the Vonnie Borden Theatre is alive and well for its 2020-2021 season. University students and faculty members have been working to create a safe environment that can uphold live theatre performances. With the help of face shields and social distancing, the t...

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...

Fashionable face coverings

Since face coverings are required within buildings on campus, some students are taking the opportunity to make their own masks. Fashionable and trendy face coverings are becoming more common.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

August 20, 2020

Around the globe, people are trading in their nondescript disposable face coverings for custom-made masks that coordinate with their fashion choices. Students have tapped into their creativity when it comes to designing unique face coverings and recognizing the bright side of the mask requirements....

“Home Brew History”: A passion turned into a podcast

Joey Ricci and Riley

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter

August 20, 2020

A podcast that began as a joke between two friends has evolved into an avenue for them to interview well-known and respected historians from around the world. Joseph Ricci, a graduate student of the History program, runs the history podcast “Home Brew History” along with his friend Riley “Bo” Tri...

Miss Southeastern reflects on her pageant journey

Mr. Southeastern 2020 Brian Williams and Miss Southeastern 2020 Janine Hatcher pose for a picture during the Lion4Life launch patry.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

August 19, 2020

On Nov 22 of last year, Janine Hatcher began her journey as Miss Southeastern 2020. The pageant winner has since carried out her reign through unexpected circumstances, witnessing history unfold before her. Although Hatcher’s pageant duties have been met with obstacles during the pandemic, she h...

Dating during a pandemic

With social distancing guidelines, many couples had to adjust their dating styles.

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

August 19, 2020

Many aspects of life have been altered due to the coronavirus, and for multiple students, that has included their dating lives. With restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place, couples have had to adjust to a new way of life in their relationships.  Gabriella Gioia, a freshman biolo...

TikTok is the trend

Chris Black and Hannah Perrier create a TikTok for @slu_rec, the TikTok account for the Pennington Student Activity Center.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

August 18, 2020

Several university departments and organizations have begun using the popular social media platform TikTok to better engage with students.  According to Sensor Tower, the platform has become one of the most downloaded apps over the past few months, with over 87 million downloads in June of 2020. T...

Make your own mask

Make your own mask

Lojuanda Weary/The Lion's Roar

August 18, 2020

Music department to continue performances with modifications

For the Fall 2020 semester, Department of Music will continue performing following safety precautions for the COVID-19. According to Michael Brothers, there is a possibility for band members to play with masks on.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

July 28, 2020

The university is now adhering to health and safety policies in an effort to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.  The new guidelines require masks to be worn on campus at all times. In addition, some areas on campus may require limited occupancy levels, according to the Safe Campus Guide.   In...

Downtown Hammond introduces “Hot August Month”

Downtown Development District will be hosting a month-long event called

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

July 21, 2020

In an effort to support local merchants while enforcing social distancing, the Hammond Downtown Development District has created an extended alternative to “Hot August Night.” This year, “Hot August Month” will take its place. The month-long event will consist of themed weeks to promote re...