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  • Southern to host development conference

    June 7, 2014 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Entrepreneurs, policymakers and academics will discuss policies, business trends and strategies June 19-21 at the EDA University Center for Economic Development's conference on the Baton Rouge campus of Southern University. The Advocate reports the conference theme is "Advancing Entrepreneurship and Innovation." The registration deadline is... more »
  • Southern president aims for higher standards

    April 12, 2014 8:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University President Ronald Mason says the 134-year-old historically black university needs higher entrance standards. Others say that could be the death of an institution that traditionally has been all-embracing. The discussion is just starting, Mason said: "I'm not saying we're going to become Yale... more »
  • Storms move across several southern states

    April 6, 2014 11:10 PM

    ATLANTA (AP) - A band of storms downed trees and flooded roads in parts of Mississippi and Alabama and appeared headed toward Georgia. The National Weather Service in Mississippi said it had received reports Sunday of some mobile homes blown off blocks, along with streets flooded in several areas. Flash... more »
  • Southern students rally behind Llorens

    February 11, 2014 7:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State lawmakers, faculty and hundreds of students have rallied around Southern University Chancellor James Llorens after Southern's Board of Supervisors voted 9-6 over the weekend not to renew his contract when it expires June 30. The Advocate reports Southern's Faculty Senate held a meeting Monday... more »
  • Hundreds of flights canceled at Southern airports

    February 11, 2014 6:21 AM

    ATLANTA (AP) - As a winter storm with potential to coat the South with ice and snow moves in, nearly 900 flights have been canceled at three of the region's major airports. Tracking service FlightAware shows that before dawn Tuesday, 894 flights for the day had been canceled into and... more »
  • Southern Soul Food Showdown

    October 17, 2012 7:41 AM

    The Southern Soul Food Showdown is being held by the Grand Marais Mardi Gras Association! It takes place at Mon Ami on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The fun starts early that morning and last all day ending at 5:00 pm. Southern Soul Food Showdown is a cook-off with teams competing... more »
  • Unemployment rates in Southern US states, cities

    August 2, 2012 3:35 AM

    Unemployment rates rose in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in June, mostly because of seasonal trends. Many young people launch job searches in the summer post-graduation, and that can push up unemployment rates. The metro data isn't seasonally adjusted for such trends. Here are unemployment rates for states... more »
  • Southern has new strategy to bring in students

    July 9, 2012 7:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University will compete for a share of Baton Rouge's community college market this fall as part of a strategy to boost sagging enrollment. The student numbers have dipped during the past several years with the introduction of tougher state admissions standards. The Advocate reports... more »
  • Vote and vote often Lafayette as Tastiest Town of the South

    January 6, 2012 12:41 PM

    Lafayette is currently in the running to be named Southern Living Magazine's Tastiest Town of the South. As of 11:30 Friday morning, Lafayette has more than 40,000 votes, but Louisville, Kentucky is trailing close behind. Lafayette isn't the only Louisiana city in the running, New Orleans is also competing... more »
  • Lafayette Leads in the Tastiest Town Poll

    December 29, 2011 10:29 PM

    Lafayette is leading the way in a national contest to be named the tastiest town of the south. With more than 96 restaurants in the Acadiana area there is a lot of options when dining out. From Cajun, to Italian, to Mexican, and much more, Acadiana has a unique blend... more »
  • Southern's financial woes linger

    October 7, 2011 7:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University Chancellor James Llorens says he may again request that the college declare a financial emergency because of ongoing budget problems. Partly because of disputes over voluntary faculty furloughs, Llorens tells The Advocate the Southern Board of Supervisors may reconsider the emergency request, called... more »
  • Southern exigency vote set Friday

    August 24, 2011 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Southern University Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote Friday on whether the main Baton Rouge campus will declare a state of financial emergency, called exigency. Southern Chancellor James Llorens has insisted that nearly all faculty agree to 10 percent furloughs - time off... more »
  • Southern pushes its faculty for pay cuts

    August 18, 2011 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Southern University "likely" will ask to declare a financial emergency next week unless nearly all of the faculty agree to furloughs and shorter termination notices. Southern's new chancellor, James Llorens, told The Advocate Wednesday the budget shortfall proved larger than expected and greater demands are... more »
  • Corps, Southern announce plan to save road

    June 17, 2011 9:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Southern University officials in Baton Rouge are working to prevent a road on the Southern campus from falling into a ravine. The corps said in a Thursday news release that they are working to correct soil... more »
  • Southern Scuttles Live Jaguar Plans

    September 16, 2010 10:57 AM

    Southern University is officially giving up, for now, on efforts to acquire a new live jaguar mascot Lacumba and to build a larger animal habitat. A successful, student-led initiative will reallocate fees collected for Lacumba into student recreation projects and other activities, such as new basketball and volleyball courts on... more »
  • Southern University Enrollment Down

    September 9, 2010 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -Southern University's student enrollment is down another 4 percent this fall while Baton Rouge Community College continues to steadily grow. That's according to college data released Wednesday. Southern reported a total enrollment this fall of 7,313 students compared with 7,619 last year. BRCC jumped about 3... more »
  • Reggie Bush comments on NCAA's punishment of Southern California

    June 16, 2010 2:26 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Reggie Bush says the NCAA's punishment of Southern California feels like "the closest thing to death without dying" and that he will fully support USC's appeal of the sanctions. Bush spoke publicly about the punishment for the first time Wednesday at the New Orleans Saints' training... more »

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