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Hammond, LA

March 24, 2020


Governor announces stay-at-home order The number of positive cases exceeds 200. The total deaths in Louisiana rises to 7.

Cases rise to 77 with the first death The first case of the in Louisiana reported, according to coronavirus hits the U.S. in the Louisiana Department of Health. March 18 Washington State. March 14 Jan. 21 The number increases to 136 cases and a third death 13 across 6 parishes.

March 22

Cases rise to 537.

March 16

March 11

John Bel Edwards announces a statewide stay-at-home order until April 12.

March 20

March 21

March 13 Edwards restricts gatherings of more than 250 people. Universities transition to online classes and cancel campus events.

March 9

196 cases with four deaths. Orleans Parish was found to be the second highest parish or county with increasing cases in the country.

March 15

The first case in Louisiana is reported in Orleans Parish.

Louisiana has 20 confirmed deaths with 763 cases.

March 17

March 19

Cases rise to 392, with a tenth death in the state. New Orleans Saints Head Coach, Sean Payton, is confirmed to be tested positive for the coronavirus.

Louisiana rises to 103 cases and a second death.

Information compiled by: Gabrielle Wood Graphics by: Prakriti Adhikari

SYMIAH DORSEY Staff Reporter

On March 22, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Stay at Home order that went into effect March 23 at 5 p.m. to further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana.

“In Louisiana, we have taken aggressive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve; however, this is not enough,’’ said Gov. Edwards. “As our number of cases continue to grow, I am directing all Louisianans to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary

for you to leave.” As stated by the order, Louisiana citizens can: - Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store Go to the pharmacy to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities - Go to medical appointments

(check with your doctor or provider first) - Go to a restaurant for takeout, delivery or drive-thru - Care for or support a friend or family member - Take a walk, ride your bike, hike, jog and be in nature for exercise

- Walk your pets and take them to the veterinarian if necessary - Help someone to get necessary supplies - Receive deliveries from any business which delivers. The order instructs people not to go to work unless they are providing essential service as

defined by the order. Louisiana citizens should not visit friends or family if there is no urgent need or visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home or other residential care facilities. A minimum six feet distance from others should be maintained in public settings at all times.

Master locksmith at Physical Plant receives Charles E. Dunbar Award ELANA GUILLORY Staff Reporter

University employee Clifton Dean Morgan was one of 12 civil service employees to be presented with an annual award that recognized his contributions to the community. Morgan is a recipient of the 2019 Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Career Civil Service Award. The award recognizes selfless state and local government civil service employees who “distinguish themselves through unselfish service to the citizens of Louisiana,” and requires nomination, according to the State Civil Service’s website. Morgan was the only employee from the university to receive this year’s award. The last time a university employee received the award was in 2010. Morgan described his reaction to receiving the award. “Just to be considered for the award was extremely gratifying, but to actually receive the award was an unbelievable feeling,”

said Morgan. The award was initiated by Charles E. Dunbar Jr., founder of the Louisiana Civil Service League 61 years ago. After nominations for the award are submitted, a committee of judges consisting of five winners from the previous years narrows nominees down to 12 recipients. The award recognizes selflessness as well as commitment to one’s work. Morgan reflected on the importance of diligent work. “Paying close attention to detail is very important in my work, whether it be the issuing of keys or setting up for an audio event,” noted Morgan. “Safety and security of university property and personnel is of most importance to me.” Unaware of what to do after graduating high school in 1977, Morgan decided to apply for a job at the university. His intention of holding a temporary job position turned into a 42-year-long career at

the university in which he held positions such as a professional mover, maintenance repairman and locksmith. Morgan described connecting with people as his favorite part of working at the university. “There is not a day that goes by that you don’t meet new people and the lifelong friendships that evolve from it,” said Morgan. “You hear people talk about the Southeastern family, and this is exactly how I feel every day here, as being with my family.” Recipients are honored at the Dunbar Awards Ceremony held in New Orleans. Additional prizes include a commemorative plaque, “Dunbar Award Winner” license plate and a signed letter of congratulations from the governor. Winners may also be invited to take part in judging the next award. Nominees of the award must be a classified full-time or part-time employee retiring in the same year as the award

Cliff D Morgan was one of 12 recipients of the 2019 Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Career Service Award. The award recognizes selflessness and commitment to one’s work. Courtesy of Morgan is given. Anyone can nominate that a nominee does not receive a letter stating that they were an employee, and in the event an award, they will still receive nominated.

Smitty Supply Inc. donates $250,000 to the university DYLAN MECHE Staff Reporter

A local business demonstrated their support for the university with a $250,000 donation aimed to help multiple programs. Smitty’s Supply Inc., a lubricant manufacturing and distributing company based in Roseland, La., made the contribution to benefit the university’s professional sales, supply chain management, accounting and business programs. Katherine Rose, a senior director of development and advancement services, explained the company’s motivation behind their donation. “They are a Tangipahoa Parish company and throughout the years have employed many Southeastern graduates,” said Rose. “This gift demonstrates Smitty’s commitment to Southeastern’s future leaders.” The company has worked with the university in the past. Rose explained how this donation is

another example of their commitment. “Smitty’s Supply, Inc. has employed Southeastern graduates and provided internship opportunities for Southeastern students for many years,” noted Rose. “This significant gift demonstrates the value of a Southeastern degree and Smitty’s commitment to making brighter futures for Southeastern students.” The donation will be used to fund multiple areas within the College of Business. Rose explained that endowments will be created within these programs to assist business students. “Four endowments were created as a result of the donation - the Edgar R. Smith, III Endowed Professorship in Business, the Christina Smith Leto Endowed Scholarship in Supply Chain Management, Smitty’s Supply Inc. Endowed Scholarship in Accounting and the Christina Smith Leto Sales Program Endowment,” stated Rose. “Part of the donation also includes funds to build the Smitty’s Supply Inc. Executive Conference Room in Southeastern’s Professional


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Sales Training Center. Rose also believes that endowed professorships are essential to the university to attract and retain the highest quality instructors. She explained

endowment are used for salary supplements, research support and program development activities,” described Rose. “Endowed scholarships for supply chain management and accounting will supplement the cost of tuition for students in these majors. These funds, just like professorships, are invested, and the earnings are used to provide the award.” She also noted that the programs provide real-world experiences for students, which is important for them if they wish to enter the field. “The program endowment will provide resources for unexpected needs in the sales concentration,” said Rose. On behalf of the university, Rose expressed her gratitude toward the company’s donation. “University Development staff have worked with members of the Smitty’s Supply executive team and board to secure this gift,” said Rose. how these additional funds will assist that goal. “The university is most appreciative of Smitty’s “Once professorships are supported by Supply, Inc. investment in Southeastern the Board of Regents, the earnings from the students.”

“This significant gift demonstrates the value of a Southeastern degree and Smitty’s commitment to making brighter futures for Southeastern students,” -Katherine Rose


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The Lionʼs Roar | CAMPUS LIFE

Instructor’s perspective on online transition BRYNN LUNDY STAFF REPORTER

University students, faculty and staff have had to adapt to daily changes in both their education and lifestyle. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, university courses have transitioned to be 100% online, and campus residents have been advised and encouraged to go home if they are able. Learning routines are changing for students, but teaching routines are also drastically changing for many university instructors. Christine Mitchell, instructor of English, said that she was more prepared than other teachers may have been because she has been teaching an online technical writing class for at least 10 years in addition to a face-to-face advanced composition class. While she is no stranger to teaching online courses, Mitchell prefers to be in class to see her students, who, according to Mitchell, would describe her as

“energetic.” “I like my students,” expressed Mitchell. “I like talking to and discussing with them. I like ‘teachable moments’ when I mention something that they don’t know about, so I quickly shift gears and detour to the new idea momentarily. Online teaching really does not allow for that.” Mitchell commented on how she is less worried about the possibility of students cheating than other instructors may be. “Let me say, I don’t give tests of the traditional type: no multiple choice, no true or false, short answer stuff,” said Mitchell. “I give take-home essay tests as a rule, so I am not freaking out that students will cheat on online tests, as I once heard math professors exclaim at a faculty senate meeting.” Chelsea Slack, instructor of communication, has also had experience with online teaching. She shared her perspective on how the transition has affected and will continue to affect her

students. “Some of my students were unhappy with going online just because they always prefer and do better in face-to-face classes,” explained Slack. “Face-to-face is obviously a more personal experience, and students get to really know one another and their professors. It also allows students to reach out more easily to their professors and get better one-on-one help. And for some classes, it is just harder to teach them and harder for students to be successful in an online setting.” The university experienced a pause period from March 13-17, where all classes were canceled so that teachers had time to prepare for the transition to online classes, which will last until the end of the semester. Slack explained that the pause period was a sufficient amount of time for her since she had prior experience, but that it may not have been enough time for others. “For people who are not used to teaching online, I am not sure if

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, face-to-face classes are being delivered remotely. Face-to-face classes were cancelled from Friday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 17. SYMIAH DORSEY/THE LION’S ROAR that is enough time,” said Slack. “I have friends all over the U.S. who work in higher ed, and some schools allowed for a longer transition time. But, I do think it

is best for students that we missed “I don’t like being at home this minimal instructional time with much,” said Slack. “My husband them.” is deployed so I am home alone, Slack shared how the changes have affected her personally. see ONLINE CONVERSION, pg. 4

Pandemic leaves students facing financial struggle SYMIAH DORSEY STAFF REPORTER

With the closures of bars, movie theaters, gyms and other establishments, university students are facing financial concerns as their jobs are put on hold. Economic repercussions are reflected in the number of people who have filed for unemployment. As reported by the U.S. Department of Labor on March 19, 281,000 people applied for unemployment benefits nationwide, increasing 33% from the previous week. Conner Brian, a senior marketing major, described the day he was laid off from his two jobs. “I was at work and was called into the main office at my company, and they were like, ‘For right now,

we’re going to be on a permanent hold’,” explained Brian. “About one o’clock, I got a call from my other boss once we got federal notice that no bars and restaurants can be open for business, so I essentially got laid off of that job as well.” Brian explained how the lack of employment will affect him as a self-sufficient college student. “It’s definitely impacted me,” expressed Brian. “I am a graduating senior and have been pretty self-sufficient all through college, paying my way through and taking out loans for classes and stuff like that. The rent and all that is on me, so it is definitely an impact.” With limited funds, Brian has debated filing for unemployment or finding another job. Brian shared his financial concerns and how he plans to prepare for the months ahead.

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“I am fortunate enough to where I’ve been able to have an excess of income with having multiple jobs,” said Brian. “Having multiple revenue streams, I’ve been able to save a good bit. So, I can float for about 60 days or so, but anything after that, things will start getting dicey, so I’d rather make more money now and prepare for that.” Michael Lawson, a sophomore biology major who also worked two jobs, shared how the no dine-in regulation has caused him to lose income as a server. “After the restaurants were shut down, my restaurant in particular decided not to do to-go orders or anything, so they had to lay us off until restaurants are able to open again,” said Lawson. Lawson explained that, for many workers, filing for unemployment benefits is a means of survival. “They knew that it was going to create a lot of financial troubles for people,” said Lawson. “A lot of people work there and that’s their only job, and that’s their only way to pay rent and live. So, what they’ve

suggested was to lay people off so that if people needed to apply for unemployment, they could.” Lawson expressed how the upcoming months without his job as a server will add financial stress. “Whenever the restaurants start reopening, they told us to reapply, and then we would get our jobs back,” said Lawson. “Even though we’re almost guaranteed our jobs back, still not having the job is kind of stressful, making sure bills are paid and everything.” With a second source of income to keep him afloat, Lawson acknowledged that other workers do not have that security. “Luckily for me, I work another job at the post office, so I can still work there and make money to afford living, but I know a lot of people can’t,” said Lawson. To find out how to apply for unemployment insurance, visit the official Department of Labor website, which provides guidance on the homepage.

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Keeping busy while staying at home

On the positive side of social distancing, this time can be used for self-improvement and care 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. Gabrielle Wood However, I’ve Staff Reporter found a few tips that have so far helped me to become more productive during this time of isolation. To start off, communication does not have to end. In a world that is so technologically advanced, there are many ways to interact with people without them being physically present. Now is the perfect time to catch up with friends and family by calling, or my personal favorite, Facetime. Facetime has become essential when wanting to see my grandparents. Taking the precaution to not visit them has been hard, but facetiming with them whenever I feel gloomy about this situation, has made

me feel 10 times better. Grandma might not be the best at “face chatting”, but we’re working on it. Instead of bingeing on Netflix shows, start a new hobby. In between classes and work, I have had absolutely no time to do activities that I love. With extra free time on everyone’s hands, there is so much that one can dive into. For example, I have a stack of books under my desk I have always wanted to read, and now I can start. If reading isn’t for you, practicing different skills is also beneficial. This can include painting, learning how to play an instrument or even cooking. Take this time to challenge yourself and your abilities. With gyms closing and memberships on hold, there are still ways to stay active. After I finish my schoolwork, I will look up YouTube workout videos that guide me just as an in-person class would. Trust me, you definitely still feel the burn. The coronavirus also does not prevent one from taking a hike,

riding a bike or going jogging; being that it is not airborne, only through respiratory droplets. It is important that we practice staying healthy during this time. Instead of waiting for the break to spring clean, we can start now. Although this is something that I typically dread, I’ve found that working from a clean environment at home has made me more productive. Being in quarantine is the perfect time to clean all the nooks and crannies that get overlooked on a daily basis. Normally, you would not see me scrubbing every appliance, cleaning out my closet and organizing things that I forgot even existed. After taking the time to do so, I’m so happy that I did. I have even started to make little improvements in my life by cleaning my makeup brushes and whitening a pair of dirty shoes. With everything feeling “icky” in the world, it’s nice to feel clean and put together in my own home.

An important realization that I came to was that this is the perfect time to just focus on myself. It’s hard to not have my normal day-to-day routine, but since taking a step back from the world, I came to the conclusion that I’ve desperately

been needing some “me” time. I have been able to journal affirmations, catch up on skincare and finally get some sleep in. Self-care does not have to be just for girls, but guys too. Checking in with yourself can be as simple as watching your

favorite movie, listening to music or meditating. No one is sure when this pandemic will end or how long we will have to practice social distancing, but taking up these tips can help improve our quality of life significantly.

Primary election delay will keep Americans safe Like most other activities and events, the presidential primary election season has s u f f e r e d delays and setbacks due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Louisiana was the first Dylan Meche state to delay Staff Reporter its primary elections, which were scheduled to take place on April 4. Five other states and territories: Ohio, Georgia, Maryland, Kentucky, Connecticut and Puerto Rico have followed our example. I was actually quite disappointed to learn that we had delayed our primary elections because I am a huge nerd, and voting in any election is exciting for me. However, I completely understand why this decision was made. Surprisingly, there are still some states and territories that refuse to push back their primary dates. Florida, Arizona and Illinois all held their elections as scheduled on March 17. This boggles my mind. It would be a little bit more understandable if any of the primary races were still competitive, but that is not the

In this March 18, 2020, file photo early voters cast their ballots at the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee, Wis. U.S. elections have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. At least 13 states have postponed voting and more delays are possible as health officials warn that social distancing and other measures to contain the virus might be in place for weeks, if not months. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) case. The Republican Primaries have basically been formalities for President Donald Trump, which is typical for any primary where an incumbent president is running. The Democratic Primaries have not been competitive since

Super Tuesday on March 3. FiveThirtyEight gives former Vice President Joe Biden an over 90% chance of winning more than half of the pledged delegates. Even if these races were competitive, is any of this worth risking the lives of

Americans? We have had to make a lot of sacrifices and tough choices over these past few days. Sports games have been cancelled, universities across the country have either closed or switched to onlineonly classes, restaurants have

closed and people have been encouraged to stay inside. Keeping the polls open directly hinders efforts by federal, state and local governments to stop the spread of COVID-19. The federal government has encouraged Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. As anyone who has ever gone to vote is aware that polling locations easily have more than 10 people present at one time. It also puts older Americans more at risk. Looking at past voting trends, older Americans are more likely to show up to the polls than younger Americans. They are also more likely to volunteer at polling places. Considering that one of the main reasons we are encouraged to stay home is to protect this demographic, not delaying these elections is extremely counterproductive. Granted, according to a news article “Polling places moved from nursing homes; other changes amid coronavirus concerns” published by ABC News, the states that still held their primaries did take precautions to try to avoid the spread of the virus. In Florida, for example, polling places that were located in nursing homes or assisted

living homes were moved to other areas. Voting-by-mail and early voting was strongly encouraged in Arizona and Illinois. Additional cleaning supplies were also placed at all polling places and efforts were made to limit contact between volunteers and voters. However, these efforts are in vain because, despite all of these extra measures to prevent the spread of the virus, there are still several risks that remain by simply allowing that many people to be in one place at one time. Even logistics-wise, postponing the elections is the smartest choice. As we saw during the Iowa caucuses, using online resources for voting is impractical. While we don’t have all of the numbers yet, turnout has undoubtedly been affected because people are afraid of leaving their homes. If we want COVID-19 to stop spreading, we need to take extreme measures. We need to stay inside. We need to practice social distancing to flatten the curve. These are things we have all heard a million times by now, but they are repeated so often because they are important. We have much bigger concerns right now than our elections.

Online classes are not the same for all students We are currently in the midst of a statewide shutdown of schools, restaurants, gyms, churches and any other location that requires the congregation of large numbers of people. This is also happening across the country and even the globe. Elementary, middle and high schools have closed, along with colleges and universities. Brynn Lundy Many schools have decided to Staff Reporter transition all face-to-face classes into online versions. This has resulted in an unending amount of questions and concerns. Parents have had to begin homeschooling their young children. College students now have to join video chats for class lectures. What about the students who have less of a capacity to learn online? Some children may not have the ability or attention span to sit down and learn outside of a classroom setting. Many high school and college-level students may have the

same issue. How will the transition to online classes impact students’ grades and education in general? Students purposefully choose to enroll in face-toface courses because they are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses. Online courses require a different type of discipline. You must choose a designated time to allow yourself to watch—and comprehend—a lecture video or read online readings. Some students have more confidence about doing well in face-to-face classes, where there is a designated lecture, note-taking, review and test time. Unfortunately, I think some students’ grades will decline. It is much easier to forget about an assignment when the only time and place to get reminders is through Moodle and email. Will all courses be effective as 100% online versions? Will tests and other assignments be easier or harder? Some students may be rejoicing. Great! Now they can use their resources at their own discretion.

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On the other hand, some may use this as an excuse to negate the studying process. This will cause students’ active learning and comprehension abilities to suffer. What about the students who do not have internet access at home or even a computer to connect to it? These students are at risk of losing credits or deteriorating grades. Will they be accomodated? We are in the midst of a pandemic, meaning it won’t be very easy to get to a location, such as a library, that may have working computers and Wi-Fi. Not everyone believes so, but education is important. So is the health and safety of our school, our parish, our state, country and world. Leaders and officials have made difficult, but crucial, decisions during our current circumstances. While this article highlights the downside of the situation, I do not want to focus on that— I simply want to shed light on the fact that some will struggle. For the most part, I want to encourage you all during this time, despite the

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current hardships. I believe we all have the capacity to adapt. Children will be okay because they are fast learners. Teenagers, young adults, college students—you’ll do great. Find the motivation, maintain it. We should be jumping at the chance to be innovative. Teachers are exploring online learning techniques. Students and teachers alike should welcome the changes. Use the situation as an opportunity to be creative, to catch up on hobbies or to bond with family. This is a challenge that will persist for the rest of the semester, but we will get through it, and we will recover. If you feel the fear creep up on you or your workload begins to overwhelm you, remember that this situation is not permanent. Physical isolation is encouraged, but even from a distance, we all have each other. Reach out. Take breaks. Stay hydrated, nourished and healthy.

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The Lion’s Roar | Arts & Entertainment

CAB plans to entertain students during campus lockdown

The Campus Activities Board hosted an event called “Kitten Yoga” in the Fall 2019 semester to help students relieve stress from their studies. Due to the COVID-19 virus CAB had to cancel multiple events like Strawberry Jubilee, Spring Fling, Calm Event and Movie Trip. Despite campus being on lockdown CAB still plans to entertain faculty, staff and students through the use of social media. The Lion’s Roar/ Gabrielle Wood AUSTIN DEWEASE Staff Reporter

With the outbreak of COVID-19 causing a global pandemic, there have been numerous

Columbia Theatre to suspend all operations JORDYN FRANKLIN Staff Reporter

Following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ press conference on March 16, public schools, casinos and movie theaters all across Louisiana have closed. As of March 18, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts has also closed its doors to the public. With the Columbia Theatre’s closure, questions about the previously upcoming shows have risen. Initially, Pete the Cat was scheduled to be performed at the Columbia Theatre on March 27, and Che Apalache was set to perform on April 4. James Winter, artistic director of the Columbia Theatre, explained the current situation and how the various shows will proceed. “Our goal since the start of this has been to postpone as much of our programming as possible rather than cancel it,” said Winter. “We did have to cancel our final two touring shows for this season, Che Apalache and Pete the Cat, because those shows have actually chosen to stop touring right now. All other programming for the Columbia’s 2019-2020 season is being postponed, not cancelled.” In the face of these changes, the Columbia Theatre is in the process of refunding ticket sales, rescheduling and planning for the future.

While public access to the Columbia Theatre has been restricted and the staff has been sent home to work remotely, plans are being implemented to keep the spirit of the Columbia alive. Winter provided details on how the Columbia Theatre will be operating from now on. “Since our duty is to entertain the public and bring positive energy into this community, my staff and I are working on a way to continue to do that through social media,” said Winter. “This can, will and should take many different forms. Keep checking our website, Facebook and Instagram for positive and fun new updates from the Columbia Theatre.” Some of the content that the Columbia Theatre is planning to release will be interactive, and there will be a possibility of prizes being involved as well. Caught in the midst of a global upheaval, Winter shared how he, as the artistic director, has been handling all of the chaos and uncertainty. “I am blessed with an incredible staff and wonderful support and communication from Southeastern’s administration,” said Winter. “I am trying to stay positive and keep my staff actively working on projects for the Columbia from their homes.” For those with any questions concerning the Columbia Theatre, contacting Winter through email at james.winter@selu.edu is encouraged.


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am not sure if that is enough time,” said Slack. “I have friends all over the U.S. who work in higher ed, and some schools allowed for a longer transition time. But, I do think it is best for students that we missed minimal instructional time with them.” Slack shared how the changes have affected her personally. “I don’t like being at home this much,” said Slack. “My husband is deployed so I am home alone, which can get monotonous. My dogs have absolutely loved me being home all the

time, though.” Slack encourages her colleagues and students to use the current situation as a learning opportunity. Mitchell also expressed an encouraging word. “With luck, God’s grace or whatever you believe in, we will not have to give up any family members,” said Mitchell. “So two months of school work, teaching and commencement exercises seem like little enough of a sacrifice. Get a hobby, talk to your family, stay home.”

changes to student life on campus. Changes include the lock down of buildings across campus, face-to-face classes shifting online, on-campus dining options limited to take out only and student groups not being able to meet. Campus activities have ceased. Where there barely seem to be any people on campus, what is the Campus Activities Board doing? Hannah Daniel, a graduate assistant at CAB, shared that despite the challenge, the office is trying to keep in touch with students. “I can’t speak for anyone else, but just like any other challenge, we are getting through it together,” said Daniel. “Communication looks different and there are some unique challenges to overcome, but we are making sure to stay in touch and continue doing what we can for students.” An Instagram story posted by CAB on St. Patrick’s Day shared that CAB has a special treat in store for students. “We’re going to give y’all a virtual online version of our Lucky to be a Lion event, stay tuned to our Instagram story on updates on how to get involved and tag us if you do so,” read the story. Lucky to be a Lion was originally planned to be an event hosted in the Student Union Breezeway, but as gatherings on campus were not allowed due to COVID-19 concerns, CAB shifted the event online in the form of a questionnaire students could fill out at tag the CAB Instagram to be featured on their story. Students tagged CAB in Instagram stories, telling them why they are proud to be a Lion. CAB is currently engaging the student

population through social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. For example, last Thursday on Facebook and Instagram, CAB asked students to send their best quarantine memes in an effort to relieve stress from being stuck in self-quarantine due to the government’s response to the COVID-19 virus spread. Austin Noel, a senior biological sciences major, engages with students online through Instagram, and he thinks it is very important to show support for the school during a time like this. “Obviously this is a very frustrating time for students and faculty alike at our campus, and we can’t change the situation of the coronavirus at the moment, but what we can do is show support for faculty and fellow students and try to still feel that connection to our campus even while at home,” said Noel. “I know Southeastern has our best interests at hand and we just have to go along with it, a house divided will fall, we are LionNation and we need to band together as one.” Noel believes that by creating a strong online presence will serve as a platform to engage students and showcase their Lion pride. The CAB social media platforms are currently being run by Daniel and Destiny Richardson, a student graphic designer, and they want to hear from students on what events CAB can put on through social media. According to Daniel, CAB has not finalized any official plans for online events, but is currently working to get those plans in order. Students can expect information of a new CAB event through their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

University to offer new Artificial Intellegence classes in Fall 2020 GABRIELLE WOOD Staff Reporter

Starting this fall, a new class called Honors 304 will be offered at the university. This class will go over the applications and ethics of artificial intelligence. Kent Neuerburg, professor of mathematics, discussed what artificial intelligence is. “Artificial intelligence can be thought of as the ability of a machine to perform tasks as good as, or better than a human,” said Neuerburg. “We can divide AI into two categories: expert systems and artificial general intelligence. There are currently several applications of AI that are classified as expert systems. For example, there are AI systems that play chess, perform speech recognition, diagnose certain kinds of cancers and target weapons.” Neuerburg further detailed the distinction between AGI and expert systems. “An AGI system is one that can perform multiple tasks, including those involving perception and motor skills,” stated Neuerburg. “There are no AGI systems extant.” Students who enroll in the course can look forward to

learning a variety of lessons. “The purpose of this course is to provide students with a nontechnical background of AI, but more importantly, we will focus on the ethical and moral questions surrounding AI and its future development,” discussed Neuerburg. “For example, how much privacy are we willing to give up in order to provide AI apps the massive amounts of data they need to learn? Who decides how characteristics like ethnicity or social-economic class will play a role in criminal sentencing decisions?” Students will also be taking a closer look at what is around them. “We will also consider the digital divide and look at how AI may positively or negatively impact those in the developing world,” said Neuerburg. Neuerburg suggested that people may not realize that AI skills are used more often than they think. “We are all impacted by AI on a daily basis, even if we don’t realize it: when your phone or word processing app provides predictive text, when Google customizes your search results, when Amazon recommends a product, when your doctor consults an AI

diagnostic application for your mother’s suspected breast cancer and many more,” shared Neuerburg. “Because of how integrated AI has become in our daily lives, we need to be aware of its functions, its strengths and weaknesses and the very real ethical issues surrounding its use.” HONR 304 will be available for students of any classification or major to take. “There are no prerequisites for the course,” stated Neuerburg. “Students that are interested who are not in the Honors Program can request permission to enroll by contacting the Honors Office at 985-549-2135.” The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:45 a.m. “I am blessed with an incredible staff and wonderful support and communication fromSoutheastern’s administration,” said Winter. “I am trying to stay positive and keep my staff actively working on projects for the Columbia from their homes.” For those with any questions concerning the Columbia Theatre, contacting Winter through email at james.winter@ selu.edu is encouraged.

Recitals for music majors cancelled for semester MAGGIE TREGRE Staff Reporter


Following the procedures put in place by the university, all recitals for music majors will be postponed for the remainder of the spring semester. Jeffrey Wright, department head of music and performing arts, stated that the recitals are not being replaced with any sort of broadcasted performance. “No public recitals will be taking place for the rest of the semester,” said Wright. “We will not be broadcasting the recitals.” Wright explained the department’s plan for junior recitals are set to take place in the fall. “Our plan for the semester is to encourage all students who were scheduled for a junior recital to take an incomplete and perform their junior recitals early in the fall semester,” said Wright. Seniors will be turning in a

video version of their recital to their professors. “Students scheduled for their senior recital will make a recording of themselves performing through the repertoire, with the optional use of recorded accompaniment, and submit their video to their applied music instructor,” explained Wright. To grant seniors a chance to perform, Wright explained that seniors will also have the option to return for a live recital. “All seniors who will graduate this spring or summer who have to finish their recital requirement this way will be given the option to give a public recital in Pottle Auditorium in the fall even though they won’t necessarily be students anymore,” shared Wright. Senior music major Cameron Bradley shared his initial reaction when he learned he could not give a live performance of his senior recital this semester. “So, my professor first asked me if I wanted to do my recital this semester or wait, because

technically I have one more semester left,” said Bradley. “He recommended moving it because of the no face-to-face. So, I was okay with it.” Bradley also shared his thoughts on how this situation will affect graduating seniors. “The current situation is not good for music majors because recitals require practice with their accompanist, and there’s a recital hearing that usually happens before the actual recital,” commented Bradley. “I wanted to have my recital done before my last semester, but that’s my personal opinion.” Wright offered some advice for music majors who may be frustrated or upset by the circumstances. “My biggest piece of advice to recital students, and to all students on campus really, is to breathe and just do the best you can,” said Wright. “We are in an unprecedented situation, and though circumstances are not ideal, your faculty are here to work with you to make you successful. We will get through this.”

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Fremin and Hayes disappointed, seasons ends early

SInce the NCAA authorized a dead period for all sports, there will not be a champion in any spring sports. File Photo/The Lion’s Roar

GERARD BORNE Staff Reporter

After the National Collegiate Athletic Association, otherwise known as the NCAA, suspended all spring sports effective immediately through April 15, the university’s athletic programs had to make drastic changes.

The NCAA authorized a dead period for all sports, spanning across all three divisions. This is the first time in the history of the NCAA that there will not be a champion in any spring sports. Rick Fremin, head coach of softball, shared his thoughts on the recent suspension of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. “It’s very unfortunate to all the 2020 seniors,” said Fremin. “We had a strong season in the making.

We beat a good UL-Lafayette team, we shut out Texas A&M on the road and won the Mardi Gras Mambo Tournament.” The fifth year head coach shared what advice he gave to the team when the NCAA publicly broke the news. “I told them that it sucks, but we have to deal with the hand we were dealt,” stated Fremin. “They were all upset and disappointed but it was something that was out of our hand that we couldn’t do anything about.” In the official dead period of the NCAA, universities are not allowed to do anything regarding athletics, from recruiting to having players at the practice facilities. On Tuesday March 17, the Lady Lions softball team turned in all equipment to the head coach. Fremin described how he felt when the players had to turn in their equipment. “It was a very sad day,” stated Fremin. “We gave the seniors their jerseys in their frames and picked up all player equipment.” Of the three Lady Lions graduating, the only one considering to return for the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA is pitcher Tanner Wright. “Both Alley McDonald and Ali McCoy told me that they were going to graduate and not use the extra year of eligibility,” shared Fremin. “The only one considering returning is Tanner Wright.”

Jason Hayes, head coach of tennis, explained how he felt when he heard the news of the NCAA suspending all spring sports seasons until March 30. “It was a disappointment,” explained Hayes. “We’ve been working hard and really close to breaking through. But the reality is that this is a dangerous time, and people are losing loved ones and we all need to isolate ourselves and use good judgment.” Hayes shared how big of an impact COVID-19 will have on recruiting. “It will have an impact, not sure how big or small,” said Hayes. “But we will continue to search for the best student athletes and bring them here so they can experience this great university.” With the university women’s tennis team having eight international student-athletes, Hayes shared what effect the canceling of school and the season will have on the players. “It shouldn’t affect their visas, our international admissions office is fantastic and always on top of things, so if there are any changes they will let us know immediately,” stated Hayes. The NCAA plans to have a meeting within the upcoming week to discuss how to go forward with all 2020 spring sports and to discuss what steps it will take to keep coaches, student-athletes and fans healthy and entertained.

Track and Field team wins championship DANIEL MCCLAIN Staff Reporter

Led by head coach Corey Mistretta, the university men’s indoor track team clinched a spot at the top of the Southland Conference. The team had not accomplished this goal since 2014. With the team placing second in the conference last year, Mistretta explained how incoming recruits and redshirt runners made this championship run much better.

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“After finishing second at the indoor championships last year and giving a redshirt season outdoors to a few of our top runners, we were looking at having a stronger outdoor season this year,” stated Mistretta. “However, after some quality signings in the recruiting class and a very good strong fall training period, we felt like the team would have a chance to contend for another trophy this year, indoor as well.” Mistretta mentioned how the mindset was the same for all of the players he took to the championship. “On a team with 30 plus athletes, there are always going to be a variety of mindsets,” mentioned Mistretta. “That being said, we had a strong and focused mindset on the group of athletes we took to the championship meet. They were extremely motivated and focused on one goal: winning a ring.” Different teams will handle adversity in different ways. Mistretta explained how the track team’s victory in the distance relay medley boosted the team’s spirit. “There was a period of time during the first day of the championships where things were looking very bleak,” said Mistretta. “Then, our DMR (distance medley relay) won the conference title while breaking a school record on the last event of day one. We were able to use the energy from this race to get everyone back focused on our goal. They responded extremely well on day two.” The outdoor season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic since the Southland Conference cancelled all remaining spring sporting events. The team was not able to pursue their goal of being outdoor champions as well. “With the outdoor season cancelled, we are just waiting for further details from the NCAA and Southland Conference about how we are going to be able to proceed going forward,” commented Mistretta. “We are committed to bringing everyone back for another run at the outdoor championship next year.” With all university sports cancelled, the team is not allowed to hold practices at this time. “We are not allowed to practice at this time until March 30,” stated Mistretta. “After this date, the Conference will let us know what we are allowed to do. Coach Artigues is working very hard for us to make sure we can all get back to what we love doing.” Although the decision to postpone all sports was not easy to accept, Mistretta agrees with the choice because it keeps him and all his athletes safer from the risk of contracting the virus. “While it is a heartbreaking decision to cancel our seasons, I believe it is definitely in the best interest for the whole of society,” said Mistretta. “While the percentages of people see TRACK AND FIELD, pg. 6 affected remain extremely low, I do


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The Wesley Foundation stands in for food pantry amid pandemic CARTER MCCOMACK Staff Reporter

Multicultural and International Student Affairs announced on March 19 that the Food Pantry in McGehee Hall will close for the remainder of the semester. The Wesley Foundation will be handling the dispensation of food during the Food Pantry’s absence. In addition, they will provide nutritious, prepackaged food bags and free lunches. One bag can include items like Pop-Tarts, granola bars, canned tuna, lotion, soap and Band-Aids. The Wesley Foundation will allow visitors to pick up bags Mondays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. To-go lunches may be picked up on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Both bags and lunches are available at a table set up outside the building to minimize how many people enter the establishment. Melissa Guerra, associate director of the Wesley Foundation, explained that students continue to visit the organization despite the unstable conditions. “For a normal semester, we see dozens of people a day, sometimes hundreds, through our coffee shop, free lunch, and just being a safe place to hang out

and be yourself,” said Guerra. “So that’s drastically changed with all that’s going on.” Guerra also explained the actions the foundation is taking to ensure a stable inventory to meet the visitors’ needs. “We’ve been working daily with the administration, MISA and Our Daily Bread, a local food pantry, to make sure the food pantry remains stocked with supplies,” explained Guerra. “We partner with 16 local churches to provide home-cooked meals each week during the semester.” Precautions are being taken to guarantee that the methods of distribution remain hygienic. “We are limiting who comes in contact with those who can be quarantined away from our building so the food pantry can remain open and so our residents remain safe,” said Guerra. Guerra described that the workers are required to wear gloves while handling the resources and change them often, use good hand-washing techniques, try to remind others not to touch their faces and clean the building daily. The foundation has an inventory to accommodate its visitors but is accepting and encouraging any possible donations. Donations can be brought to the table outside during the pantry’s regular hours.


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will all be stronger from the adversity we are facing at this time.” Mistretta expressed his concern for all his students, their families and the university as a whole while everyone is processing the changes in life and school. “First, I am extremely concerned for the health and safety of each of my athletes and their families--that is real life stuff,” said Mistretta. “Time will tell how this affects the Southeastern community as a whole, not just the track & field team. With regard to track, I am extremely concerned about the amount of time they are going to miss and how it is going to affect the physical and mental condition they were in coming off of a championship season and heading into another one where

we were extremely confident.” With changes to daily life becoming more frequent, Mistretta explained how his team plans on dealing with the pandemic. “At this time, the situation

in our country and globally is extremely fluid,” commented Mistretta. “We have to be prepared for changes to happen often and deal with each new change in the most positive way possible. Our plans remain the same, be the best student, athlete and community steward we can be at all times.”

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