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JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.

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Louisiana college students must submit vaccination information before next semester

By: - September 18, 2021

Twenty-seven of LSU’s total 34,000 students were dropped from LSU after not submitting proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or filling out an exemption waiver, which was due last Friday, Ernie Ballard, LSU’s spokesperson, said. Seventy-eight students were at risk of being dropped this week, but the other 51 students took “the necessary steps to remain part […]

Louisiana has ‘tremendous unmet housing needs’ following Hurricane Ida, governor says

By: - September 17, 2021

Louisiana still needs billions of dollars to house displaced residents after Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Ida — the two worst hurricanes in the state’s recorded history – decimated South Louisiana nearly a calendar year apart, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday after a meeting with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Southwest Louisiana […]

LSU says 81 percent of students have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine

By: - September 15, 2021

Eighty-one percent of LSU students have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, President William Tate announced Wednesday. Meanwhile, 72 percent of the university’s faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, an LSU spokesperson said. “If you had asked me two months ago whether this was imaginable, I would have said no,” Tate said […]

Tropical Storm Nicholas expected to dump rain on areas recovering from Hurricane Ida

By: - September 14, 2021

South Louisiana is already experiencing outages and flooding due to Tropical Storm Nicholas, Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, but the heaviest rainfall from Nicholas is yet to come. And it is expected “in areas most devastated by Hurricane Ida down in Southeast Louisiana.” “That’s particularly challenging because many individuals […]

Standardized test scores remain optional for LSU applicants

By: - September 13, 2021

High school students applying to LSU this year will not have to submit an SAT or ACT score because of the recent fourth surge of COVID-19 due to the Delta variant. LSU applicants last year had the same exemption because COVID-19 prevented students from taking standardized tests in facilities big enough to maintain adequate protection […]

At LSU, tension between university board and faculty remains high

By: - September 11, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors proposed — but then set aside — a motion to restructure the university’s faculty groups Friday after one professor complained the board was trying to silence them. “This will cause national embarrassment for a university whose reputation is already at a low ebb because of the way this board responded […]

LSU basketball court name change sparks debate over gender equality

By: - September 10, 2021

The LSU Board of Supervisors voted to name the basketball court in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center after former LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown, but only after an extended and heated debate over whether a woman coach should be given the honor instead. Mary Werner, a LSU Board member, pushed back on naming the […]

Hurricane Ida was 'catastrophic' in St. John Parish, Gov. Edwards says

COVID-19 cases in Louisiana decline following Delta variant surge, official says

By: - September 10, 2021

Louisiana appears to have peaked in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and is now on a downward trajectory, the state’s chief  medical officer said Thursday. But Dr. Joe Kanter warned at a press conference that the decrease could be short lived. He said “there’s no guarantee we continue this downward trajectory” because thousands remain displaced after […]

Hurricane Ida has caused 26 deaths in Louisiana, official says

By: - September 10, 2021

Louisiana has had 26 storm-related deaths following Hurricane Ida’s landfall, the state’s chief medical officer said Thursday. Ten deaths were due to heat because of a lack of air conditioning, and one death was related to an oxygen outage. Six deaths were due to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper generator usage.  “If using a generator, […]

Houma residents scramble to find housing after apartment complexes deemed ‘uninhabitable’

By: - September 9, 2021

Rayne Pierre and her 21-year-old daughter had just renewed their lease at Cameron Isles Apartments in Houma — where they’d been living since 2016 — when Hurricane Ida struck two weeks ago. They evacuated to Lafayette when the storm hit, but before they could come home, Pierre got an email from her apartment complex that […]

Hurricane Ida spares most Louisiana public schools of significant damage

By: - September 3, 2021

Virtual learning, classes in “alternative facilities” on-campus or continuing their education in a different school in a different part of the state are among the options for Louisiana students whose schools suffered significant structural damage during Hurricane Ida last weekend, state Superintendent Cade Brumley said. In their initial estimate of the damage statewide caused by […]

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Hurricane Ida interrupts fall semester for many Louisiana universities

By: - September 3, 2021

Universities in southeast Louisiana put their fall semester on pause after Hurricane Ida devastated the region last weekend, leaving the vast majority of the area without electricity or internet access and lacking in food, gas and phone resources. The catastrophic storm sent thousands of students scrambling, with Southern University of New Orleans, which encouraged students […]