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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 4/19/05
 
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LION’S ROAR WINS LPA AWARDS – Southeastern Louisiana University’s student newspaper, the Lion’s Roar, has been honored with nine awards from the Louisiana Press Association. Brad O'Hara, vice president for Student and Public Affairs, far left, congratulates the winners, from left, Tim Mitchell, editorial cartoonist; Daniel Brown, current editor in chief; Lee Lind, former assistant editor and current interim coordinator for the Office of Student Publications; Johnny Peppo, former editor in chief; Matthew Tarver, director of Student Publications; and Brett Guidry, photographer.
SOUTHEASTERN’S “LION’S ROAR” WINS NINE LOUISIANA PRESS ASSOCIATION AWARDS 

       HAMMOND -- “The Lion’s Roar,” Southeastern Louisiana University 's official student newspaper, has won nine awards from the Louisiana Press Association.
       Former Editor In Chief Johnny Peppo, a senior from LaPlace, placed first in the Best Column category in the Student Newspaper Competition. Current Editor In Chief Daniel Brown, a junior from French Settlement, placed third in the same category.
       "It's great for the paper to be honored by the LPA and place among the best student newspapers in the state," Brown said. "The entire staff works hard every week, and to be honored for the work is truly a rewarding experience."
       Tim Mitchell, a sophomore from Abita Springs, swept the category for Editorial Cartoons in the LPA Individual Competition, winning first, second and third place.
       Brett Guidry, a senior from Mandeville, earned honorable mention in the Best Sports Photo competition for his photograph of a baseball player hitting a home run.
       Former Lion's Roar Assistant Editor and current Interim Coordinator for the Office of Student Publications Lee E. Lind placed first in division D in the Individual Feature Writing competition for his story "Tragic Fates," which ran in the Spring 2004 semester.
       "These awards are a testament to the hard work and skill that the students in the Student Publications office possess" said Matthew Tarver, director of Student Publications. "The members of our staff-as a whole-are gaining recognition on both the state and national levels for quality of work they are completing. Earning nine LPA awards as a staff shows that one of the best resources for student journalists is melding various talents to work together toward a common goal."
       The staff also earned awards for advertising in the Student Newspaper Competition. “The Lion's Roar” placed third for staff generated color advertisement (1/4 page or under) and second for advertising idea or promotion. The ad and the campaign were conceived and designed by Lind.
       "The awards conferred by the LPA to the students and staff of The Lion's Roar are a welcome recognition of the hard work and creative talents of everyone involved with the production of the newspaper," said Lind. "It is also proof that with a dedicated and multitalented staff of students from varying degree tracts, Southeastern can publish a newspaper that can be compared favorably to any other newspaper in the state."
       "The LPA awards demonstrate something that we've known for some time-that we have a very talented Lion's Roar staff who rank among the best in the state," said Brad O'Hara, vice president for Student and Public Affairs. "However, when you consider that funding per student for our student newspaper is among the lowest in the state, these awards have even more meaning and are a complement to Matt Tarver and his staff."
       A total of 93 newspapers, publications and college or university student newspapers submitted 4,839 entries for this year's convention. The Arkansas Press Association judged the awards.