The Maroon gets 14 awards

Students working for Loyola University New Orleans’ 93-year-old student newspaper, the Maroon, brought home 14 major awards from the Louisiana Press Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Competition, school officials announced.

Honors were announced June 18 at the 136th Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention in Lake Charles. The Maroon collected prizes including Best Front Page, Best Editorial Page, Best News Story, Best Headline, and several top marks for advertising.

Winners were selected from more than 2,750 entries from 58 newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers. The LPA’s Better Newspaper Competition’s editorial contests range from news story writing to graphic design, while the advertising entries were judged based on design, creativity and effectiveness. This year, the Alabama Press Association judged both competitions.

Loyola’s student-run newspaper competed against similar newspapers from larger universities. Xavier University, Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, Southeastern Louisiana University and Delgado Community College were also recognized.

The paper’s staff won Best Front Page, Best Editorial Page and Best Headline. Other first-place student winners included Rebecca Trejo for Best News Story; Khadija Aziz for Staff Generated Black and White Ad and Khadija Aziz for Staff Generated Color Ad and Best Online Ad Static.

Loyola journalism students have won 42 awards to date for the 2015-2016 academic year, nearly double the historical average. During the 2014-2015 year, strategic communications and journalism students in the School of Mass Communication collectively brought home a record 91 awards, including a national “Pacemaker” award from the Collegiate Press Association, widely considered “the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.”

The Louisiana Press Association is the official trade organization for Louisiana newspapers.

Loyola professor finalist for award

Professor William P. Quigley of Loyola New Orleans College of Law is among a group of social justice lawyers who have been named finalists for the Public Justice 2016 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.

Through Jones (Varden) v. City of Clanton and similar cases, the team has challenged the nation’s money bail system, which keeps more than 500,000 people in jail each night because they are unable to post bail while awaiting trial.

In Louisiana, the team has successfully filed a suit resulting in Ascension Parish doing away with money bonds for arrests for nonviolent misdemeanors and continues to work with other jurisdictions around the state to do the same.

Professor Quigley is director of the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center within Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. It provides law students the opportunity to serve the greater good while supplementing assignments with real world legal research and practice, and allows students to represent others who may not be able to represent themselves.

Quigley’s team is also involved in several other lawsuits challenging the current public defender crisis in Louisiana, the jailing of underprivileged people for non-payment of fines and fees and the lack of right to vote for people who have gone through the criminal legal system.

The Public Justice organization pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice.

LSU to host seafood workshop

Louisiana State University on Thursday will host a workshop to demonstrate techniques and economic benefits of small-batch seafood processing.

Registration is now open for the workshop, scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Louisiana State University School of Food Science/LSU AgCenter Food Incubator, housed at 214 Efferson Hall on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus.

Due to limited seating, participants must pre-register for the workshop.

Presenters will explain new ways to sell Louisiana seafood with a focus on the freezing, packaging and marketing of raw product in a manner that only requires basic equipment and facilities.

The workshop cost is $20, which includes lunch. Participants are asked to register online at

The workshop is part of the Louisiana Direct Seafood program (, an economic sustainability initiative administered by Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter. Its mission is to build new business models that provide financial stability to the Louisiana seafood commercial harvesting sector.

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