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University taking advantage of empty campus with spring cleaning

University taking advantage of empty campus with spring cleaning

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2020

With the university closed and the majority of students moved out, spring cleaning has come early for the university’s janitorial staff. On March 18, the university switched to 100% online classes. Since then, a majority of students have left on-campus housing, and all on-campus restaurants have...

Governor Edwards gives update on COVID-19 Response

Governor Edwards gives update on COVID-19 Response

Dylan Meche, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2020

Governor John Bel Edwards gave an update on Louisiana’s response to the coronavirus pandemic at a press conference at 2:30 pm, amidst speculations that the nationwide rate of growth for COVID-19 cases is beginning to slow. Edwards stated that as of noon on April 8, the Louisiana Department of Health...

Taylor Hall resident contracts COVID-19

Taylor Hall resident contracts COVID-19

Dylan Meche and Elana Guillory, Staff Reporters

April 8, 2020

On March 31, the university confirmed that a student who previously resided on campus tested positive for COVID-19. According to the university, the student resided in Taylor Hall during the 2019-2020 school year. However, it is believed that the student has not been on campus since March 21, and...

Restaurant restrictions: a small price to pay for safety

Restaurant restrictions: a small price to pay for safety

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

April 5, 2020

Recently, I’ve noticed that many people are upset about some of the restrictions that have been imposed by the government due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the biggest restrictions is that restaurants have been temporarily closed for dine-in. For me, it’s not a very big deal since I don’t r...

Coronavirus: Myths vs. Facts

Home remedies that include ingredients such as garlic are rumored to treat COVID-19. While home remedies might alleviate symptoms of the coronavirus, there is no definite cure as of March 2020.

Elana Guillory, Staff Reporter

April 3, 2020

False information for the COVID-19 virus has been circulating social media platforms since the beginning of the pandemic. Heat, essential oils, garlic, chlorine dioxide and other fake vaccines have been rumored to treat the virus. More concerning and harmful false treatments like drinking bleach and...

How social distancing can reduce the spread of the coronavirus

Customers at a Trader Joes in Cambridge, Massachusetts practice social distancing as they wait in line. Maintaining a six feet distance can help flatten the curve and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Briyana Anderson, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2020

Since the novel coronavirus has become a prominent aspect of our daily lives, the term “social distancing” has emerged to help prevent the spread of the disease. Social distancing is the practice of maintaining a physical distance from a person to lower the risk of contracting an illness or a...

Flu vs. COVID-19: What are the differences?

Flu vs. COVID-19: What are the differences?

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

April 1, 2020

As the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 continues to develop, media outlets are sharing information on the ever-changing and unpredictable pandemic. Recently, comparisons between influenza and COVID-19 have been drawn. While there are similarities, such as both being infectious viruses that can...

North Oaks Hospital preparing for COVID-19

Along with a shortage in personal protective equipment, North Oaks is also experiencing a critically low blood supply. According to Melanie Zaffuto, North Oaks’ public relations coordinator, the hospital has tested hundreds of patients for the coronavirus using an outside reference lab.

Josh Archote, Staff Reporter

March 31, 2020

North Oaks Health System, a community hospital organization, has made several efforts to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic and prepare for a potential onslaught of new patients. As COVID-19 puts a strain on resources for healthcare facilities, North Oaks Hospital in Hammond is preparing to tr...

Education in isolation: School teachers are still spreading knowledge during global pandemic

While students complete coursework through online classes, buses and schools alike sit unused at Dutchtown High School.

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

March 31, 2020

On March 13, parents, teachers and students were notified of a state-wide closure of all Louisiana public schools until April 13. Since then, teachers have moved to online classroom settings and are teaching students remotely from their homes. University alumna and Southdowns Teacher of th...

Parents face new challenges with school, work and home

DSA staff member Lorraine Peppo puts her 2-year-old son, Jacob, down for a nap as she also works from home remotely. Many faculty, staff and students of the university are finding themselves unexpectedly juggling parental duties at the same time they attempt to manage academic or professional responsibilities from home.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

March 31, 2020

As many continue to face changes in their daily routines, much of the campus population must now learn to balance work and home life differently. Many teachers and students at the university have children of various ages who are also experiencing the temporary closures of schools due to the pandemic....

Keeping busy while staying at home

Keeping busy while staying at home

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

March 28, 2020

As the switch to online learning has begun, many students around the world are finding themselves stuck at home with nothing to do, myself included. However, I’ve found a few tips that have so far helped me to become more productive during this time of isolation. To start off, communication does...

Southland Conference to re-evaluate spring competition on March 30

Southland Conference to re-evaluate spring competition on March 30

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

March 27, 2020

As the university continues to transition to online classes and remote learning, the university’s sports teams have had to make many changes as well. As of March 14, the Southland Conference “cancelled all Spring sports competitions and championship events,” according to a release by the conference o...

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