The Lion's Roar

#ProtectingThePride encourages students to continue to wear masks

Dr. Gabe Willis, Dean of Students, “caught” @therealmarr5, @ccurryy_ and @tre.7k wearing their masks correctly and posted them #ProtectingThePride on Instagram.

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

September 18, 2020

Dean of Students Gabe Willis has been promoting a new trend on campus called #ProtectingThePride on his Instagram page. The university mandated that all faculty and students must wear a mask on campus in all university buildings at all times. Any person not following this policy, will result in disci...

Tinsley Hall back in operation after months of closure

Karah Guidry, a junior biological sciences major, studies in the new Tinsley Hall study lounge.

Trinity Brown, Staff Reporter

September 18, 2020

After months of renovating and add-ons, Tinsley Hall is finally open this semester. The building had been out of use and surrounded by a fence while construction workers cleaned out old rooms, tore down walls and added a new computer lab to transform the building into the university’s new tutoring headq...

New at CSE: Coordinator aids transfer students with transition on campus

The CSE, located in the Student Union Annex, offers many resources for students, including Academic & Career Exploration, Academic Connect Groups and a transfer student coordinator program.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

September 16, 2020

In the Fall 2019 semester, the Center for Student Excellence introduced a new service designed to aid students who are transitioning to the university from another school. The transfer student coordinator is Hunter Waddell, who assists incoming upperclassmen in navigating their transfer credits and ...

Pennington implements online reservation system

The Pennington has implemented a registration system via IMLeagues to reduce capacity during peak hours.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

September 16, 2020

In an effort to reduce capacity during its peak hours, the Pennington Student Activity Center has implemented a reservation system in compliance with current CDC guidelines and state restrictions. Members wishing to use the Pennington’s facilities are required to make a reservation using an application calle...

Members of ministry spark conversation among students

Students gather outside the union on Thursday, Sept. 10 to spread their own messages to bystanders at the Student Union area.

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

September 16, 2020

Despite COVID-19 precautions, 90 degrees heat and protestors, one ministry still makes an effort to spread Christianity amongst students. For the past 11 years, David Grantham and his ministry, named after him, have been coming to the university. The ministry’s approach to reaching students involv...

Plaza at the Union Park honors Black Greek letter organizations

The NPHC’s Greek Plaza is located in the Student Union Park. It is meant to honor Black Greek letter organizations on campus. Construction is currently ongoing.

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter

September 16, 2020

Over the summer, the university began construction on a plaza in the Student Union Park that commemorates each of the Black Greek letter organizations with a plaque. The plaza is being built to honor the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity and sorority chapters on campus. Richard Davis Jr., for...

COVID-19 testing is available at the University Health Center

A brochure at the University Health Center explains how students can use the telemedical appointment service to test for the coronavirus. Students can also pick up a free mask from the health center.

Trinity Brown, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2020

The university has made COVID-19 testing available at the University Health Center and set up  protocols in order to safely test students as fast and efficiently as possible. In order to get tested with the UHC, students need to make a telemedicine/virtual appointment online on the University Health...

A message from the health center: complementary and alternative medicines

As students return to campus, they are advised to follow the health and safety measures put into place in order to protect themselves and others.

Alexia Fisher, Graduate Assistant, University Health Center

September 11, 2020

Western medicine, also known as traditional medicine, is the familiar system in which healthcare providers treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation and/or surgery. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a term used for medical products and practices that are typically not part of trad...

Louisiana Phase two extension affects campus organizations

Louisiana Phase two extension affects campus organizations

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

On Aug. 4, Governor John Bel Edwards extended the phase two implementation to Aug. 28, which limited gatherings to no more than 50 people. Campus activities have had to be paused until Sept. 3, with guidelines and limitations still in place. According to the Division of Student Affairs, all even...

PortableLion: Campus services on the go

The full version of the PortableLion app launched in August following the beta launch in January. The app includes features that students can use to track the shuttle buses, keep track of campus news and stay up-to-date with emergency alerts. They can also access resources such as Moodle and LEONet.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

After a year of assessment and creation, two university alumni have launched an app that has gained traction from over 2,800 students. PortableLion, an app developed by Damodar Dahal and Aakash Amatya, has allowed students to discover campus facilities and services, get updated on campus news and events an...

Phi Mu organizes fundraiser for student affected by Hurricane Laura

Sydney Ardoin, a sophomore communication sciences and disorder major, hugs Delaney Inabnet, a sophomore early childhood education major, as members of Phi Mu present a check to Ardoin. Ardoin is a native of Lake Charles, and her family was affected by Hurricane Laura.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2020

With the help of sororities and fraternities around the country, Phi Mu was able to raise over $4,000 for a student affected by Hurricane Laura.  Sydney Ardoin, a member of Phi Mu and a sophomore Communication Sciences and Disorder major, is a Lake Charles native whose home was severely damaged when H...

OSAA to host a series of virtual events for Connected by Care campaign

The Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability shared their schedule of

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2020

Throughout September, the Office of Student Advocacy and Accountability will be hosting an event named “Caught you Caring.” “Caught you Caring” allows students to submit stories of when they caught someone caring on campus or within the university’s community. “As a part of the Connected b...