The Lion's Roar

Covered up: Students adjust to the “new norm” of mask-wearing

Face-to-face classes are scheduled to resume in the fall. As classes reopen, masks will be required in the classroom and most indoor locations.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

June 30, 2020

In just a few months, masks have redefined the meaning of normalcy in people’s day-to-day lives.  Face coverings have become a source of new obstacles as well as new opportunities, and this “new norm” will now extend to college life as face-to-face classes are scheduled to resume in the fa...

Inappropriate social media post under investigation

Inappropriate social media post under investigation

Staff Reports

June 25, 2020

The university is investigating allegations made against a staff member after it was revealed that an insensitive social media post was made.  The issue was addressed on Twitter on Thursday, June 25. “Today Southeastern became aware of inappropriate social media posts that were potentially made by on...

Hammond residents get free COVID-19 testing at the University Center

A member of the Louisiana National Guard helps administer the nasal swab test. The free COVID-19 testing at the University Center was organized through a joint collaboration between Tangipahoa Parish Government, Louisiana National Guard and Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health.

Prakriti Adhikari, Editor-in-Chief

June 24, 2020

Residents of Hammond had an opportunity to test for COVID-19 for free at the University Center. COVID-19 mobile testing was available for residents of Louisiana from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The testing was organized in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of P...

Louisiana extends phase two of reopening for 28 more days

The phase two of reopening has been extended by Governor John Bel Edwards for 28 more days. During a press conference of Monday, June 22, Edwards urged Louisiana residents to continue practicing alleviation efforts, including wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home if sick.

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...

SGA offers applications for open positions

Students volunteer during the 2019 Big Event organized by the Student Government Association. Currently, SGA has applications available for students to fill up different positions for all the three branches.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

June 22, 2020

The Student Government Association is offering applications for students to apply for open positions to serve for the 2020-2021 school year. Students have the opportunity to apply for various positions in all three branches of SGA. Applicants must send a resume and headshot to [email protected] and fill out an application available on ...

New rights granted to the accused in cases of sexual assault on campuses

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced new set of rules regarding sexual assault on campus that will allow the accused a right to live hearing and to cross examine accusers.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

June 16, 2020

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, announced a new set of rules regarding how campuses will handle cases of sexual assault, including new rights for those who are accused. According to The Washington Post, the new policy “creates a judicial-like process in which the accused has the right to a live h...

Organizations postpone pageants to adjust for health and safety concerns

Miss SLU 2020 Janine Hatcher has been preparing for Miss Louisiana since November 2019 after she was crowned the title. As Miss Louisiana Organization postponed its 2020 competition to 2021, Hatcher plans to participate in the competition next year even if she crowns a new Miss SLU this fall.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

June 15, 2020

In concurrence with the Miss America Organization, the Miss Louisiana Organization has postponed its 2020 competition until 2021. The Miss Louisiana Organization is presenting current title holders with a few options. Each queen can either keep her title for another year, pass her crown to the next...

A man terrorizes shoppers at Hammond Square

Shoppers at Hammond Square shelter at Albasha restaurant after a suspect drove through the Target shopping center. The suspect was later identified as Walter Allbritton III, 41, of Ponchatoula.

Staff Reports

June 10, 2020

On Friday, June 5, Hammond Police responded to an active call at the Target shopping center in Hammond Square. According to Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron Jr., a suspect drove through the entrance of Target, ran through the store and dropped a device on the ground that was suspected to be expl...

University in talks to reopen in fall

University in talks to reopen in fall

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

June 9, 2020

As Governor John Bel Edwards continues to relax restrictions, the university has announced that it plans to resume in-person classes and campus operations in the fall semester. Dr. John L. Crain, university president, made the announcement in a video released on May 14. In the video, he noted tha...

Alumni develop nation’s first digital driver’s license application

LA Wallet, developed by university alumni, is a digital driver's license application used in the state of Louisiana. Developers recently added a new license renewal feature due to the pandemic.

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

June 9, 2020

With over half a million users on iOS and Android platforms, LA Wallet is the nation’s first digital driver's license app, designed by university alumni. LA Wallet is an app that allows people to have a digital version of their driver’s license and has recently added a license renewal feature fo...

Nation-wide enrollment trend raises budgetary concerns

With the majority of the university's operating budget coming from student tuition and fees, the university is concerned that the expected nation-wide drop in enrollment will affect the university as well.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

June 9, 2020

As universities across Louisiana have begun to consider plans to reopen in the fall, educational leaders and state lawmakers have brought up concerns about budgetary impacts that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the New York Times article “After Coronavirus, Colleges Worry: Wi...

Hammond protests the death of George Floyd

Hammond community members protest the death of George Floyd. The protest started at Hammond City Court Clerk and ended at the Hammond Police Department.

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter

June 4, 2020

Following the death of George Floyd under police custody, protests sprung from across the nation demanding justice for Floyd and many other African Americans who have died due to police brutality. One such protest took place on Monday, June 1 at 9 a.m. starting at the Hammond City Court Clerk and...