Trinity Velazquez Editor in Chief Northwestern State University hosted virtual commencements for the Spring 2020 graduates on Friday, May 8. Four videos, one for each academic college, were posted on the university’s Facebook page for graduates and their families. The academic colleges are the College of Arts and Sciences, GallaspyContinue Reading

Sadie LeComte Digital Editor Samantha Clark Editor in Chief On April 11, Nicholas Hopkins won an uncontested election for student body president. He and Kristen Prejean will succeed Jacob Ellis and Cherish Wilson as president and vice president, respectively. Hopkins joined Student Government Association his freshman year after being aContinue Reading

Staff reports BATON ROUGE — Louisiana’s stay-at-home order will be in place at least through May 15, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday. The state does not meet the criteria for re-opening the state in phase one of President Donald Trump, guidelines, Edwards said.  According to the governor’s press release, the updatedContinue Reading

Holly Jenkins Reporter University President Dr. Chris Maggio announced that there will be a virtual commencement program on May 8, the day that ceremonies were originally intended to take place, followed by a traditional, face-to-face ceremony later this summer. On March 18, Dr. Maggio said that the commencement for spring graduates had been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Following that announcement, theContinue Reading

Leanna Coy News Editor Beginning March 19, Northwestern State University transitioned classes to an online format in response to COVID-19. Now, over two weeks since the transition, students are still adjusting to having their classes online.  Mikayla Deloach, junior, said the workload in her engineering classes has felt worse since transitioning online.  “It doesn’t feel like I’m inContinue Reading

Sadie LeComte Digital Editor Student residents will soon be consolidated into a “specific area” in University Columns, Director of Leasing Hunter Horton said in a March 31 email.  The 88 students are being moved for security reasons, Director of Housing Stephanie Dyjack said. For now, Dyjack said, the students areContinue Reading

Submitted reports Photo courtesy of Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office With Louisiana’s “stay at home” order extended to April 30, Natchitoches officials have issued a parish-wide curfew to help slow the spread. A curfew has been issued for Natchitoches Parish from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. that will ban all pedestrianContinue Reading

Submitted reports Northwestern State University released an updated grading policy Tuesday affecting withdrawing from a course, requesting an incomplete and adding a pass/fail option for courses. If a student was passing at midterms but cannot successfully complete a course due to inadequate services related to technology due to COVID-19, aContinue Reading

Sadie LeComte  Digital Editor  In a university-wide email, President Dr. Chris Maggio said all Northwestern State University classes will remain online for the rest of the semester.  Maggio said the spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 8 are canceled. Plans are being considered to give graduates the option of eitherContinue Reading

Sadie LeComte  Digital Editor  Northwestern State University will not allow gatherings of more than 50 participants on its campuses in the weeks ahead, according to a statement released Monday.  The statement also said that as of Monday, all events in the Friedman Student Union have been canceled through April 15. Continue Reading