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Charles Ross, a comedian and Star Wars fan, held the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy on Nov. 7 in 2019. The Columbia plans to hold a variety of performances and events in the fall.

Columbia Theatre to pause productions during summer

Hannah Juneau, Staff Reporter April 27, 2021

In downtown Hammond lies a popular building where locals can sit, have a good laugh, smile and maybe even cry: the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.  The Columbia Theatre has put on numerous...

Senior wide receiver Austin Mitchell lines up for a snap against McNeese State University on March 6. The Lions defeated McNeese 25-20 with Mitchell having 3 receptions for 18 yards. The Lions will take on Nicholls State University on Apr. 10.

Austin Mitchell: The man, the myth, the receiver from Plaquemine

Hannah Juneau, Staff Reporter April 7, 2021

Plaquemine, a small community nestled along a bend in the Mississippi River, is where it all started for senior wide receiver Austin Mitchell.  At just five years old, Mitchell was throwing and catching...

Gyms just are not that welcoming for women

Gyms just are not that welcoming for women

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter March 23, 2021

In the beginning of 2021, my biggest New Years resolution was to be more active by going to the gym daily. However, this quickly fell short when I realized what that entailed. As someone who didn’t...

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

Remembering Grammy-winning American cellist, Lynn Harrell

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...

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...

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

University alumnus grows into a local musician

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...

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

Southeastern names Winter as artistic director of the Columbia Theatre

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...

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.

Join a committee, change a community

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...

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...

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...

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

A ‘Starry November Night’ downtown

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...

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

Candidates of local elections interact with students

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,...

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