Louisiana Governor Jon Bel Edwards, in a short media "gaggle" held after an Gentilly neighborhood event talked with the media about the horrific Louisiana budget situation, his sales tax proposal, his knowledge of the budget severity, possible cuts to the Universities, David Vitter's absence from a Washington DC Congressional delegation meeting and other subjects.
by Jim Brown
With a new governor about to take over the reins of state, LSU and other Louisiana colleges are making a full court press for more funding. They have a good argument to make. But what do taxpayers get in return? Have universities like LSU made their case for what they are presently doing with the money they have been receiving up until now?
by Jim Brown
Huey Long was the best friend and supporter LSU ever had. He was called the father of the modern LSU by the Virginia Quarterly Review in commenting: “Huey stroked LSU as if he had been coddling a newborn pet elephant. During fiscal stringency in all other American states, Huey force-fed LSU with increasing appropriations.“ The Kingfish made no bones about his long-term goals for the state’s flagship university. “LSU’s going to be the Harvard of the South.”
by Jim Brown
There’s always been a disconnect between the accolades LSU gives itself for academic achievement and the bottom line results that come from national rankings. Louisiana’s flagship rarely cracks the top 100 universities in the U.S., with a majority of SEC schools outperforming LSU year after year. In the 2015 rankings by US News and World Report, LSU comes in at 149.
Summer is over when Saints and colleges tee it up
I hope you enjoyed your summer, because this is the week it ends. I know it’s a bit hard to realize as you soak in a cauldron of humid 90-degree days, but summer as you have known it and enjoyed it is over! Since this space is meant to inform as much as entertain, let us remind you that Labor Day on September 7 is the symbolic end to summer, although the scientific end does not come until the autumnal equinox when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator around September 22.
Idiots. Fully retards. What’s next, Pull, Confederacy of Dunces from the Book Store?
These are just some of the responses I have read over the Internet ever since Red Shtick, a well-known Baton Rouge based humor site posted earlier this week an faux-article spoof titled, “LSU Students Call for Removal of Confederate Jasmine From Campus”
And many of the angry comments coming after clear responses that the subject article is no other than--a spoof.
Baton Rouge High as Jindal no-go zone? LSU students Rebecca Bock, Saher Kahn (she’s not a radical jihadist, Bobby, just a student worried about her future) and Mary-Michael Andries participated in Thursday’s march on the State Capitol in protest of higher ed budget cuts. All three are graduates of Baton Rouge High—Bobby Jindal’s alma mater (Click on image to enlarge).
by Jim Brown
Chicken Little has got nothing on King Alexander. The LSU president is shouting from the rooftops that the state financial commitment is crumbling to the ground, the LSU fiscal sky is falling, and he is about to declare “academic bankruptcy.” Academic bankruptcy? I’ve been around and a part of Louisiana state government for some 44 years, and I’ve never heard of the phrase. You can’t even Google it and find any other example.
The word about LSU’s financial woes, particularly the threat of academic bankruptcy, is now national news. From the Boston Globe to Bloomberg News to the Houston Chronicle to Al Jazeera America, the news is out that LSU is on the ropes.
First, LSU President F. King Alexander issued a statement on Wednesday, in which he said, “Based on the current status of the budget debate, we have decided to begin contingency planning for exigency as many of our campuses may be impacted, as well as other campuses across the state.”
If you think somehow the keystone cops are calling the shots with some investors of LSU bonds, you just might be correct.
Despite Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s statements to the national media that life in Louisiana due to his stewardship has never been better, it’s far from.