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The Lion's Roar

Remembering Grammy-winning American cellist, Lynn Harrell

Harrell poses with university students after a masterclass in Daniel Cassin's studio.

Carter McComack, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

On Monday, April 27, Lynn Harrell, an American cellist, passed away. Over the course of his nearly six-decade career, Harrell performed and instructed internationally. In addition to two Grammy Awards for Best Chamber Music Performance, he was awarded the inaugural Avery Fisher Prize and the Piatigorsky Awar...

Gracie United returns to downtown Hammond

Gracie United returns to downtown Hammond

Jacob Lofton, Staff Reporter

March 21, 2020

A familiar business has returned to Hammond in replacement of the Anytime Fitness that closed down on Cate Street.  Gracie United, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gym, is moving downtown. Gracie United has previously kept a gym at two other locations in Hammond since 2003. The owner of Gracie United, Rafae...

University alumnus grows into a local musician

Ameal Cameron performs at a venue. Cameron is an alumnus, singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Samantha Gambino, Staff Reporter

November 23, 2019

Ameal Cameron, an alumnus and musician, is chasing his dream and having fun doing it. Cameron has been performing live music at various locations around Hammond, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. He mentioned when he began performing and how his biggest performance was in New Orleans. “Probably about ...

Southeastern names Winter as artistic director of the Columbia Theatre

A full-time faculty member since 2005, James Winter has been named the artistic director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

May 14, 2019

HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University has named James Winter as artistic director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The appointment stems from the retirement of Southeastern Professor of Art History Roy Blackwood, who has served in that capacity since 2011. “My sincere thanks a...

Join a committee, change a community

Amanda Fekete sells produce for the Joe Fekete Family Farm at Downtown Development District’s weekly farmers market. The farmers market committee handles music and activities for the event every Saturday.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 2, 2019

Through six committees, the Hammond Downtown Development District provides an opportunity for anyone to participate in decisions concerning their community. The DDD includes the design committee, merchant committee, farmers market committee, revolving loan committee, events committee and residentia...

Better left with a Hammond memory

Better left with a Hammond memory

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

March 19, 2019

Hammond native Todd O’Neill made strides in the country music industry with his self-named band. The journey to starting the Todd O’Neill Band began with O’Neill as a roadie for the Big Cat Daddy band. “I would help them pack up all their equipment for each performance and would travel to all of their ...

Making a new home in LA

Making a new home in LA

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

January 29, 2019

Of the countless new experiences during my initial days in college, the most frequent one I experienced was a lump in my throat. I had it when I saw a family walking in the park. I felt it when I heard my friends talking about visiting their parents. The lump would grow when the food I made was miles...

A ‘Starry November Night’ downtown

Attendees of this year’s “Starry November Night” could enjoy pictures with Santa, train rides and local vendors in downtown Hammond.

Johnathan Zeringue, Staff Reporter

November 19, 2018

“Starry November Night” brings the community together to celebrate the season of giving. Each November, Hammond and surrounding areas come together to kick off the magic of the holiday season on one special night. The Hammond Downtown Development District hosted its 14th annual “Starry November...

Candidates of local elections interact with students

Students had the opportunity to meet with candidates from local, state and federal elections at

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2018

Candidates from local, state and federal election met with students to discuss their platform and the importance of elections. “Meet and Greet,” held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Student Union Ballroom, was organized in collaboration with the Student Government Association and Greater Hammond Chamber...

Happy birthday, Southeastern

The university celebrates its 93rd birthday this year. The institution began as Hammond Junior College in 1925 and has grown through the years to its current state.

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

September 11, 2018

Since its establishment as Hammond Junior College in 1925, the university has undergone numerous evolutions.  The two-year co-educational system that offered undergraduate degrees in arts and sciences became Southeastern Louisiana College in 1928. The university that now has 14,308 students enrolled in f...

Hammond Sweet Spots

William Hall and his wife, Emily Phillips-Hall, purchased University Donuts in 2010.

Annie Goodman, Editor-In-Chief

August 21, 2018

Hammond has eateries offering a variety of foods. When looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, here are some reputed locations around Hammond. Eddie’s Famous Frozen Custard was founded in December of 2006 by Edward “Eddie” McGhee when he noticed on his travels that the frozen custard shops he saw...

Where to eat, shop and hang in Hammond

Where to eat, shop and hang in Hammond

Larshell Green, Editor

August 7, 2018

Hands down, my favorite thing to do in Hammond is eat. I’ve tried food from a lot of restaurants downtown and in the city overall.  Tommy’s is most known for its stone baked sweet sauce pizzas of varying toppings, but there is so much more available. There are po’ boys, seafood platters, sa...

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