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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.

Students and faculty share their experiences dealing with the 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,...

University to report confirmed cases of COVID-19

University to report confirmed cases of COVID-19

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter September 4, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health will begin collecting data from public colleges and universities across the state regarding positive cases of COVID-19. The university sent out a Faculty/Staff notice...

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.

Columbia Famous Talent Contest to be held in person

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...

On Saturday, July 11, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that face masks/coverings will be mandatory in all public places for individuals over the age of eight. The changes will stay in  place until Friday, July 24.

Governor announces mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter July 11, 2020

Amidst record numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, Governor John Bel Edwards announced a state-wide face mask mandate and additional limitations to combat the spread of the virus.  Edwards...

Governor John Bel Edwards expressed in a radio interview with Brian Haldane that the phase two of reopening will be extended. The official announcement will be made before current phase two expires on Friday, Aug. 28.

Louisiana extends phase two of reopening for 28 more days

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...

COVID-19 vaccine: a work in progress

COVID-19 vaccine: a work in progress

Austin Dewease, Staff Reporter May 12, 2020

On April 23 in Oxford, England, Europe’s first human trial of the coronavirus vaccine began. This vaccine, along with many others currently being in development around the globe, is the start of a race...

Governor John Bel Edwards ordered a stay-at-home order on March 22 that directed residents to limit movement from their houses beyond essential needs. On May 11, Edwards announced the first phase of reopening begining May 15.

Gov. Edwards lifts stay-at-home order, moves to phase one of reopening

Dylan Meche , Staff Reporter May 12, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will be lifting the stay-at-home order on Friday, May 15 and will be moving to phase one of reopening based on the White House’s Guidelines for Opening...

Protests will only make the virus stronger

Protests will only make the virus stronger

Briyana Anderson, Staff Reporter May 9, 2020

People around the country are now protesting to open the economy back up. Numerous protesters believe that the government is taking away their freedoms and rights. In reality, they are the ones putting...

Students with family members in health care have had to make more adjustments to their lives, taking additional safety measures and being distanced from their loved ones.

Students with loved ones in the medical field forced to make additional adjustments

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter May 5, 2020

Throughout the past several weeks, students have been forced to stay at home with their families as Louisiana responds to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some students with parents in the medical profession...

Alumna Valerie Saba is one of many volunteers to make and donate masks to the “Mask Up & Make a Difference” initiative. Each mask, all supplies and every monetary donation will go toward assisting front-line healthcare workers during this time of low inventory and high demand.

‘Mask Up & Make a Difference’ combats supply shortages

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter May 5, 2020

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences is partnering with the Southeastern Foundation to help with the low supply of medical masks for healthcare workers amidst the global emergency. The project will...

Louisiana COVID-19 numbers grim but improving

Louisiana COVID-19 numbers grim but improving

Briyana Anderson, Staff Reporter April 28, 2020

As of April 27, the number of worldwide COVID-19 cases is 3 million with over 200,000 deaths. In the United States alone, there are 1 million cases and over 56,000 deaths reported by the Centers for Disease...

Give yourself an honest break during staycation

Give yourself an honest break during staycation

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter April 15, 2020

The words “spring break” can be the medication to any student’s exhausted, college-torn soul. Spring semester has a knack for blurring into a distressing sequence of papers, quizzes and exams. It...

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