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Theater students allege typecasting, exclusion of students of color, department promises change

Talia Moore (right), A'20, performs a fight scene as Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet in 2019. Moore was one of several theater students of color who said they felt typecast in the department's productions, but her role as Mercutio in

Erin Haynes

July 13, 2020

The death of George Floyd and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests have catalyzed students in Loyola’s Theater Arts and Dance Department to come forward with allegations of typecasting in productions, having a European-based curriculum and ignoring students of color within its community. The...

The Maroon launches mobile news app

Photo credit: Michael Bauer

Rae Walberg

July 1, 2020

After a year of development, The Maroon is launching an app to make Loyola coverage available on handheld Android and Apple devices. Maroon advisor Michael Giusti said the intention of the app is to expand the Maroon’s mediums of coverage. “The app is just one more tool to let us do what we...

Online, hybrid fall classes spark student calls for a tuition reduction

Computers sit in an empty lab in the Loyola School of Communication and design in 2019. Loyola's decision to open campus but hold many online and hybrid classes in the fall has sparked calls by students for the university to reduce tuition.

Zia Sampson

June 25, 2020

Although campus will be re-opening in August, Loyola has adjusted classes so that most instruction is partially or entirely online in order to follow social distancing guidelines, a decision that has left many students frustrated. Out of the over 1,000 classes being offered this semester, 20% of those...

2020 graduation ceremony cancelled, sparks petition to refund fees

The class of 2020 stands in front of the Loyola sign outside Marquette Hall. The 2020 graduating class had their senior year cut short and honored with a virtual graduation party due to COVID-19. Photo credit: Loyola University New Orleans

Gabriela Carballo and Shadera Moore

June 20, 2020

Postponed commencement ceremonies that were set to take place this August have officially been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to an email from University President Tania Tetlow, prompting some students to demand that Loyola refund their graduation fees. “Our plans to h...

Clashing petitions call for Walter Block to be fired, given a raise over academic work

Walter Block, professor of economics at Loyola's headshot. Block's academic work has been criticized for what some students have said is an ideology that perpetuates racist and sexist beliefs.

Emma Ruby and Rose Wagner

June 17, 2020

A student petition urging Loyola to fire Walter Block, professor and chairperson of the economics department, on the basis of “racist and sexist beliefs” has received more than 500 signatures, sparking a counter-petition in defense of Block and university-wide conversations about the professor’s controv...

Accrediting visit reported mass communication program “free of harassment,” discrimination

The Communications/Music Complex at Loyola sits under a sunny sky May 17, 2020. During an October 2019 accrediting analysis of Loyola's mass communication program, visiting accreditors reported that Loyola’s school benefited from strong leadership and a diverse student body.

Shadera Moore and Emma Ruby

June 15, 2020

During an October 2019 site visit evaluating Loyola's mass communication program, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication reported that Loyola’s school benefited from strong leadership and a diverse student body. “The unit has a climate that is free of harassment...

Loyola faces a budget deficit, staff furloughs due to COVID-19

Loyola faces a budget deficit, staff furloughs due to COVID-19

Khayla Gaston

June 14, 2020

Loyola is starting to grapple with the initial financial impacts of COVID-19, which University President Tania Tetlow predicts will leave the university with a budget deficit for this fiscal year, forcing administrative salary cuts and staff furloughs, at least temporarily. In statements sent to both...

President Tetlow addresses community on racism, bias at Loyola

The Communications/Music Complex at Loyola sits under a sunny sky May 17, 2020. During an October 2019 accrediting analysis of Loyola's mass communication program, visiting accreditors reported that Loyola’s school benefited from strong leadership and a diverse student body.

Andrew Lang

June 12, 2020

University President Tania Tetlow spoke at a virtual town hall June 11 with over 50 members of the Loyola community about racism and bias at Loyola. The meeting was held in the wake of allegations of racism and insensitivity made by more than a dozen students against former Director of the School...

New ASU dean led Loyola’s journalism school accreditation visit

New ASU dean led Loyola's journalism school accreditation visit

Shadera Moore

June 11, 2020

Arizona State University’s journalism school has named Kristin Gilger, business journalism professor, as its interim dean, after Sonya Duhé was removed as the school's incoming dean due to allegations of racism and insensitivity. Gilger was also the chairperson of the three-person team from the...

Faculty respond to student concerns, Sonya Duhé allegations

The Communications/Music Complex at Loyola sits under a sunny sky May 17, 2020. During an October 2019 accrediting analysis of Loyola's mass communication program, visiting accreditors reported that Loyola’s school benefited from strong leadership and a diverse student body.

Zia Sampson

June 9, 2020

Many students in Loyola’s School of Communication and Design are reeling after more than a dozen former and current students came forward with allegations of racist and insensitive conduct by former director Sonya Duhé during her time at Loyola. Those allegations resulted in the termination of her contract to be the next...

Sonya Duhé will not return to Loyola after losing ASU deanship over allegations of racism

Sonya Duhé will not return to Loyola after losing ASU deanship over allegations of racism

Rose Wagner

June 8, 2020

Loyola will continue with plans to hire a new director of the School of Communication in Design even after Sonya Duhé, previous director of the school, was removed as the incoming dean at Arizona State University over allegations of racism and insensitivity. "Dr. Duhé submitted her resignation from L...

ASU nixes Sonya Duhé as next journalism dean amid allegations of racism, insensitivity

Sonya Duhé poses in front of the anchor desk in Studio A at Loyola.

Rose Wagner

June 7, 2020

Sonya Duhé, outgoing Loyola journalism director, will not be the next journalism dean at Arizona State University after allegations of racist and insensitive conduct by Duhé during her time at Loyola surfaced last week, sparking an investigation by ASU as well as concerns among ASU students and faculty. "We had high confidence we had selected the right person for the position.  Subsequently, is...

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