The Lion's Roar

Preparations underway for spring commencement

Graduates celebrate during Fall 2018 Commencement. This semester’s event is scheduled for May 18. Dr. Kay Maurin, assistant vice president for enrollment management, Patrick Gipson, police lieutenant, and Scott Nunez, director of the University Center, help run commencement.

Erica Welter, Staff Reporter

May 14, 2019

This weekend, over 1,000 students will walk across the stage at commencement. For the second time in the university’s history, the ceremony, which takes place on Saturday, May 18, will be livestreamed. The commencement ceremony was livestreamed for the first time in December. “We are offering this opt...

Sexual Harassment: addressing the issue

For “Take Back the Night Rally,” students marched with posters around campus and chanted to raise awareness about sexual assault. Scheduled during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the march is part of a national campaign to engage students and educate them on the issue.

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2019

Identifying what constitutes sexual harassment can be critical to confronting it. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women will be raped at some point in their lives. The source also cites that 20-25% of college women and 15% of college men are victims of forced sex...

UPD: More than an emergency number

Located in Pride Hall, the University Police Department’s centralized placement not only helps in responding to emergency situations, but it also allows the department to be prominent among the student body.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

April 2, 2019

One aspect of my college search during my senior year of high school was finding a safe campus. Having gone to high school in the heart of Baton Rouge, I realized that the state’s capital was not the safest place to attend college. During my senior year, the university was ranked 15th in the nation...

Where does the smoke go?

The health risks from exposure to marijuana smoke resemble that of cigarette smoke including risks of cancer and heart and lung disease while THC blood levels were present at low levels for non-smokers in a well-ventilated room with smokers.

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 19, 2019

Though an individual choice, smoking marijuana can impact more than the user. When Madison Walters, a junior biological sciences major, stayed in the campus residence halls, she noticed marijuana smoke in her room and the hallways from other residents including her former roommate. Walters said, “Th...

Lights out

A power outage on Monday, Jan. 28 caused classes and most food services on campus to be cancelled by the afternoon.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

February 5, 2019

On Monday, Jan. 28, the university and the surrounding Hammond area were impacted by a power outage. The power in several buildings on main campus was disrupted, and by 1:44 p.m., classes and most food services were canceled for the remainder of the day. Byron Patterson, director of the Physical Pla...

UPD gets Narcan to keep campus safe

To create a safe campus environment, the University Police Department started training to use Narcan, the nasal spray administration of the emergency opioid overdose treatment drug naloxone. Currently, the UPD has not yet had cases of opioid overdose with students.

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2019

The University Police Department will introduce the emergency opioid overdose treatment drug naloxone for student safety. Narcan is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone and is used for emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. Currently, the UPD has not started ...

When, where, what? Programs by the UPD

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

September 26, 2018

Although the University Police Department can be seen on campus at events like the last football game, monitoring and surveying the event, Patrick Gipson, police lieutenant, wants everyone on campus to know the department beyond this perspective. “We also like to engage with students in a non-enforcement...