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

The Current Sauce has partnered with Professor Melody Gilbert’s COMM 2440 and 4420 classes to share the video diaries they have been creating since the COVID-19 outbreak. Communication students Hannah Perry and Madison Morrison share how the coronavirus affected their Easter celebrations.Continue 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

Lora Leigh Luquet  Reporter  As the number of COVID-19 cases in Louisiana rapidly increases, students have been urged to practice social distancing for the rest of the semester.   Athletic seasons have been cut short, music performance majors have been adjusting to lessons via video-chat apps like Cisco WebEx and Zoom Video Communications and theatre students have hadContinue 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 COVID-19 brought the athletic community to its knees.  The Southland Conference is one of many groups that have cancelled its spring games due to the growing pandemic.  While many student athletes can look forward to playing next year, the graduating seniors may not be as fortunate. Continue 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