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Students reflect on how COVID-19 affected summer plans

Despite a gradual ease of restrictions around the country, an increase in COVID-19 cases have required students to adjust their summer plans.

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

June 30, 2020

For students, summer is usually a relaxing time marked by vacations, internships and other leisurely activities.  This summer, however, the ongoing threat of COVID-19 has forced students to take precautions and avoid their usual summertime activities. Despite the gradual ease of restrictions in Lou...

Offices resume on-campus operation

Student worker at the Office of Admissions wears mask at the front desk. Offices on campus have resumed their normal operation after following the campus safety guidelines. All individuals are required to wear masks inside campus buildings.

Trinity Brown, Staff Reporter

June 30, 2020

With safety measures in place, the university has opened most offices and resumed on-campus operations. Dr. John L. Crain, university president, had met the official target date of June 22 to reopen the campus after having to end face-to-face classes on Thursday, March 12 due to the outbreak of COVI...

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...

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...

Lion’s Code Cybercamp to be hosted online this summer

The Lion's Code CyberCamp is a three-day educational opportunity for young students to enhance their coding skills. This year, the camp will be completely virtual and take place on July 20-22.

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter

June 23, 2020

The Department of Computer Science will host the second annual Lion’s Code CyberCamp, a coding event open to all students in grades 8-12. Taking place on July 20-22 from 9 a.m. to noon, the cyber camp will be entirely online and free to all participants. Students must register by 4 p.m. on Mond...

Pride Month celebrates lives of the past, present and future

StandOUT, the university's LGBTQ+ alliance organization, celebrated Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 during the Fall 2019 semester. The annual remembrance day honors the memory of transgender lives lost as a result of discrimination and violence.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

June 23, 2020

June is officially acknowledged as Pride Month, an annual tradition that commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Riots, a series of protests that took place over multiple days after police raided a gay bar in New York. The uprising between police and protestors ultimately sparked a turning point in LGBTQ+ activ...

Finding the silver lining in 2020

Finding the silver lining in 2020

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

June 23, 2020

One could say, “With the death of George Floyd, protests and riots, a world-wide pandemic, suffering economy and countless other tragedies, the world is currently in shambles.”  One could also say, “People are coming together to fight against police brutality and are making historical changes. W...

University biologist contributes to sea turtle research

Dr. Roldan A. Valverde, a professor of biology, poses for a picture with a sea turtle. Valverde researches sea turtles and also works as the scientific director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy operating in Gainesville, Florida.

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter

June 16, 2020

A university professor has contributed to research on sea turtles published by other zoologists from around the nation. The New York Times recently published an article named “Mother Sea Turtles Might Be Sneakier Than They Look” that explained a study done by two zoologists who said that sea turtle...

College of Nursing and Health Sciences introduces a new advancement to learning

Dr. Ryan Green, assistant professor of kinesiology and health sciences, demonstrates the use anatomage table.  An anatomage table is an advanced virtual 3D dissection table that allows a better view of the human anatomy.

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

June 16, 2020

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences have made upgrades with a new anatomage table for students to learn more about the human body.  An anatomage table is an advanced 3D virtual dissection table that allows easier access to viewing the anatomy of the human body.  Dr. Ryan Green, assista...

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...