Story written with Elizabeth Crisp. LSU freshman Max Gruver died Sep. 14 of acute alcohol intoxication and aspiration following a night of hazing at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house. Gruver’s parents, Stephen and Rae Ann, testified on behalf of a bill by Rep. Nancy Landry to make hazing a felony offense in Louisiana if a victim dies or suffers serious bodily injury.
Story written with Tryfon Boukouvidis. The article details the collapse of the year’s first special legislative session. The session ended without a resolution to the state’s budget problems, and legislators warned the insistent bickering between parties would make it difficult to come together on big issues in the regular session.
Story written with Sarah Gamard. The article details tensions in the Louisiana House after hours-long budget negotiations fell through and the legislative special session threatened to end without a solution to the state’s $1 billion budget shortfall.
A quick-turn news story about Panda Express co-founder and co-CEO Andrew Cherng’s visit to LSU’s campus. Cherng toured the Panda Express location in LSU’s Student Union. The CEO was in Baton Rouge for the annual Raising Cane’s Operators Conference after Cherng’s Panda Restaurant Group inked a deal with the Baton Rouge-based company to franchise the chicken finger restaurant in Hawaii and Alaska. The article was originally published in The Daily Reveille and later picked up by The Advocate.
Feature on Elizabeth Sherman and Sydney Saia and their charity, 4theKids. 4theKids is a non-profit focused on fundraising for Our Lady of the Lake’s standalone Children’s Hospital, currently under construction in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.