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.
An event feature on Couture de la Fleur, a floral-inspired fashion show hosted by LSU in partnership with the Mendel University of the Czech Republic. Students from LSU and the Mendel University designed runway looks using fresh flora and fauna, including bromelias, Spanish moss and chrysanthemums.
A local interest feature on O’Neil Curtis, a local barber, and his literacy and arts nonprofit Line 4 Line. The nonprofit originated from a partnership with the LSU Museum of Art, who continue to supplement the program’s literacy elements with arts education.
An article I wrote about international students’ response to President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, the home of the two students interviewed. The students expressed concerns about being able to see their families and the security of their graduate programs.
An article I published on proposed price increases for international students’ mandated health insurance. Changes in the university’s policy requirements would leave students with few low-cost third-party insurance plans, forcing them to either pay hundreds of dollars more or purchase the university’s equally expensive policy. The protests brought the issue to the administration’s attention and delayed implementation of the adjusted policies.