Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Louisiana Higher Ed: LSU sued, coastal and library research funded 

by BIZ Magazine

By Piper Hutchinson, Louisiana Illuminator

Reveille editor sues LSU for records 

Josh Archote, editor-in-chief of The Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, has sued the university for records related to an investigation of a former Greek life administrator who was accused in 2019 of creating fake social media profiles to catfish students and catch them breaking university policies. 

“The Reveille needs access to university records to continue serving as a watchdog over LSU,” Archote said in The Reveille.

Archote submitted a public records request in September 2022 that was denied on the grounds of privacy. The university cited McMakin v. LSU, a case in which a Baton Rouge attorney sued for the same records but lost. 

Archote is being represented by the Tulane First Amendment Law Clinic, which also aids the Illuminator. 

Coastal funds for Nicholls 

Nicholls State University has received a $160,000 gift from Entergy for the Coast, Climate and Culture Literacy Program at its Coastal Center. 

“This program is dedicated to preserving the Louisiana coastline,” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO.

Construction on the Coastal Center will begin this year. The center will work with the Bayou Region Incubator to create jobs and with the Nicholls Farm to test the real-world application of the center’s research. 

Climate change and libraries 

LSU School of Library & Information Science will receive more than $470,000 over the next three years to study how climate change is impacting Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. 

The grant was issued by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

The project, led by library sciences professor Ed Benoit and Geography & Anthropology Associate Professor Jill Trepanier, with the help of Jennifer Vanos, a sustainability professor at Arizona State University, is titled “PROTECCT-GLAM: Providing Risk of The Environment’s Changing Climate Threats for Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums.” 

The project will develop a national categorical climate change risk assessment scale for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. 

“By pairing expertise from vastly different fields, it allows us to answer some of the most difficult questions related to climate change threats and the needs of GLAMs that cannot be answered without the help of multiple scientists,” Trepanier said. 

LSU names new alumni president 

Joe Carvalhido will take the helm of the LSU Alumni Association next week when current president Gordon Monk retires after four years heading the organization. 

Carvalhido currently serves as vice president of advancement for the association and was previously a vice president at the Tiger Athletic Foundation and a director of operations for LSU Women’s Basketball. 

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