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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.

For an LSU scandal on his watch, F. King Alexander is out at Oregon State

By: - March 23, 2021

Oregon State University President F. King Alexander became the latest casualty of a sexual misconduct scandal that happened on his watch at LSU when he submitted his resignation to the Oregon State University Board of Trustees Sunday. A 150-page investigative report released March 5 found that LSU hadn’t and hasn’t spent enough money or made […]

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Women are greatly outnumbered on the boards of all Louisiana’s public university systems

By: - March 23, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards said last week that he wishes he had appointed more women to the LSU Board of Supervisors and that the need for more women had become more apparent in recent weeks as LSU continues to get heat for not taking seriously reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence involving […]

LSU Board chair accuses former LSU President F. King Alexander of lying

By: - March 23, 2021

In a Monday letter to the Oregon State University Board of Trustees, LSU Board of Supervisors Chair Robert S. Dampf says former LSU President F. King Alexander lied when he said Husch Blackwell, a law firm investigating LSU’s systemic indifference to sexual crimes during Alexander’s tenure, didn’t offer Alexander an interview to tell his side […]

In response to LSU’s sexual misconduct scandal, women lawmakers want to hear from LSU officials and Board of Supervisors

By: - March 20, 2021

The Louisiana Senate Select Committee on Women and Children will hold a second hearing on higher education sexual misconduct March 26 “where we will be asking several different entities to come — including the (LSU) Board of Supervisors, the athletic directors, the foundation board as well as Title IX (officers)” to hear “what their plans […]

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Edwards defends suspensions for LSU athletics officials, says he should have appointed more women to LSU’s board

By: - March 18, 2021

As growing numbers of Louisianians complain that LSU’s sexual misconduct makes plain the absence of women in leadership positions, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday, “Looking at it today, I wish I had” appointed more women to the LSU Board of Supervisors.  “That board does not represent the gender diversity that it should,” Edwards said […]

Health department launches “Bring Back Louisiana” vaccination drive

By: - March 18, 2021

The Louisiana Department of Health will be partnering with local community organizations and medical associations to “get everyone in Louisiana the opportunity to get the live-saving vaccine as soon as possible,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a press conference Thursday afternoon. The campaign is called “Bring Back Louisiana,” and “the charge of the campaign […]

Gov. Edwards predicts LSU board will fix LSU’s sexual misconduct reporting scandal

By: - March 17, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that the recent report detailing LSU’s failure to report sexual misconduct  is “very, very troubling because it was obviously an institutional failure of leadership at the highest levels.” However, Edwards said he has “every confidence” that the LSU Board of Supervisors is going to do “everything they can to […]

Louisiana extends face mask mandate

Louisianians must continue to wear masks, Edwards said, as state reports lowest COVID-19 rates and hospitalizations in a year

By: - March 17, 2021

The falling number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and the increasing number of Louisianians who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 doesn’t mean that the state’s face mask mandate is going to be relaxed anytime soon, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday during his monthly radio show on  89.3 FM WRKF in Baton Rouge. Edwards said […]

Universities consider next steps regarding vaccination sites and reporting

By: - March 17, 2021

Louisiana State University hosted a mass COVID-19 vaccination event on Sunday “put on by (the Louisiana Department of Health) and National Guard,” Ernie Ballard, a spokesperson for LSU said, and gave out 800 vaccine doses. Ballard said the university is “still planning and prepping for an LSU-specific site” and sent out a survey out to […]

Latest COVID-19 relief bill provides help for those experiencing homelessness or struggling to pay rent

By: - March 17, 2021

Louisiana is set to receive about an additional $244 million in rental assistance and over $70 million in homeless assistance from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package President Biden signed into law last week. That funding should help many Louisianians stay in their home, “but only if it is efficiently and equitably administered at the […]

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LSU Athletic Director says officials suspended for ignoring crimes against women ‘have learned from this’

By: - March 15, 2021

LSU Athletics Director Scott Woodward said while he’s “embarrassed of what happened at LSU in the past,” he “totally agrees” with Interim LSU President Tom Galligan’s decision not to fire two athletics administrators who did nothing when they learned of football players’ alleged crimes against women. Executive Deputy Athletic Director Verge Ausberry did nothing when […]

Louisiana set to receive more than $5 billion from COVID-19 relief package

By: - March 12, 2021

Louisiana is set to receive more than $5 billion in state and local budget aid from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, funding that will help with vital infrastructure needs, the head of the state’s municipal association said Thursday. Of the total, $3.1 billion has been earmarked for the state budget, while local governments will […]