The Lion's Roar

Communication majors face a sudden change in curriculum

The Southeastern Channel’s show “College Night” won Best Video Comedy from College Broadcasters, Inc. The Department of Communication and Media Studies provides students an opportunity to work in a professional environment through avenues such as the Southeastern Channel.

Daniel McClain, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2020

Days after the drop/add period, the Department of Communication and Media Studies released changes to the curriculum. Communication majors are now required to choose a field of concentration. The new concentrations include Television and Multimedia Journalism, Sports Communication, Strategic Commun...

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’...

Students share concerns about cheating in online classes

With an increase of online classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cheating has become an increased concern. Students are facing increased difficulties connecting with classmates due to these concerns.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2020

As the university continues to adapt to changing circumstances, methods of cheating are changing along with them. Due to the abundance of online classes, cheating has become an increased concern. Students have resorted to several methods to gain an advantage on their online assignments. One of the m...

UL System to empower adults to finish college education

Adults with some college credit but no degree, have been out of college for at least two years and reside in Louisiana can use Compete LA to enroll in courses at a discounted tuition rate and to find the quickest path to graduation.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2020

The university is participating in a program created to assist Louisiana adults with returning to college and completing their bachelor’s degrees. Compete LA is powered by the University of Louisiana System and was originally launched in 2019. This year, the initiative announced the introduction o...

Adapting to changes: IFC formal recruitment to be conducted virtually

Greek Life organizations have taken the recruitment process virtual this year, creating new opportunities for recruits to engage. Members of sororities and fraternities can choose to reside in the Greek Life Commons.

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

September 22, 2020

The Interfraternity Council will be hosting its virtual formal recruitment starting on Sept. 27 through Oct. 1. All IFC Recruitment activities will be conducted virtually through a series of Zoom calls. Prospective members were able to register online. Peyton Licciardi, a senior accounting major a...

Buy rings from Balfour

Staff Reports

September 16, 2020

The university Alumni Center will be organizing “Ring Days with Balfour” in collaboration with Balfour Company to provide seniors an opportunity to buy rings. The ring sales is scheduled to be held at the University Bookstore on Monday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ol...

Cardinal Newman becomes designated building for residential students with COVID-19

The on-campus residence building Cardinal Newman Hall is currently being used as the designated quarantine area for students who have contracted COVID-19. The dorm building is located on the corner of West Dakota Street and North Pine Street.

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter

September 14, 2020

Cardinal Newman Hall, a co-ed residence hall located on West Dakota Street, houses approximately 96 residents each year. However, this year is different. Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, Cardinal Newman Hall became the designated building where residential students who test positive for COVID-19 resid...

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...

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...

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 prepares for Hurricane Sally

University prepares for Hurricane Sally

Staff Reports

September 13, 2020

In anticipation of an upcoming storm, the university announced that effective immediately, the Academic Continuity Plan has switched from “monitor” to “remote” status. The Academic Continuity Plan explains that under the “remote” phase, faculty will communicate plans to students or dire...

Louisiana to move into phase three

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that even though Louisiana will move to phase three, CDC guidelines and safety protocols will still remain in place.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

September 10, 2020

The state of Louisiana is set to move on to phase three starting Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced during a news conference on Thursday, Sept. 10. With a plan to reveal more information on Friday, Sept. 11, Edwards explained that he made this decision based on a positive trend in COVID-19 data....