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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,
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
"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
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