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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.

Louisiana colleges and universities reported very few cases of sexual assault last year

By: - November 5, 2021

Between LSU, Southeastern State University, and UL Lafayette — the three biggest public universities in Louisiana with over 68,000 students enrolled between them — just 12 cases of sexual assault were reported in 2020. But experts and advocates say those numbers don’t reflect reality.  The vast majority of sexual assaults on Louisiana college and university […]

Northwestern State is on track to have a historic ‘first’ as university president

By: - November 2, 2021

Northwestern State University’s presidential search committee announced two finalists to become the university’s 20th president Tuesday afternoon. Either candidate would make history if they are given the job.  Northwestern has never had a university president who isn’t a white man, but both of the candidates to be the school’s next leader are Black — and […]

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Acadiana region residents speak out against proposed political district changes

By: - October 27, 2021

Urban and suburban areas in South Louisiana — like Lafayette, Lake Charles and New Orleans — have increased in population since 2010, while rural areas — such as Acadia and Cameron parishes — have lost residents. Those changes will potentially affect those areas’ political influence and representation as lawmakers get set to redraw district lines […]

Search for a new president-chancellor of the Southern University system starts Nov. 10

By: - October 22, 2021

Southern University’s search committee for a new president-chancellor will begin “actively recruiting the very best people that we can find” next month, a representative of the firm that works with universities on searches for executive positions, told the Southern University system Board of Supervisors Friday. The committee will then virtually interview semifinalists for the position […]

At a cost to their students, SUNO’s athletics program will return next year

By: - October 22, 2021

After losing their athletic program for over a year, Southern University at New Orleans is restoring their volleyball and basketball programs next year — partially at the cost of their students. “We all understand the role that athletics play in the life of a university, and now we are in a position with a solid […]

Louisiana higher education board troubled by number of TOPS recipients from millionaire households

By: - October 22, 2021

Louisiana Board of Regents members said it was “very troubling and disappointing” to find out that over the last 10 years, TOPS funding paid the college tuition for more than 11,000 Louisiana students whose parents had an income of $1 million or more. In a report to the board Wednesday, Susannah Craig, deputy commissioner for […]

Louisiana higher education board requests additional $220 million in state funds

By: - October 20, 2021

The Louisiana Board of Regents voted Wednesday to request a $220 million budget increase in state funds next year, which they said would target pandemic and hurricane recovery “while also increasing the overall education and training levels in Louisiana,” according to a press release from the board. The state’s higher education budget in the current […]

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Louisiana lawmakers still don’t know why phone service went out during Hurricane Ida

By: - October 18, 2021

Louisiana Sen. Rick Ward, a Port Allen Republican and chair of the Louisiana Senate Commerce Committee, said Monday that AT&T still hasn’t gotten back to lawmakers about what went wrong during Hurricane Ida and what preventative measures against outages the telecommunications company can take in advance of another storm. Phone services provided by AT&T went […]

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Sen. Rick Ward considering potential bid for Louisiana governor in 2023

By: - October 18, 2021

Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, is considering running for governor in 2023.  Ward isn’t a declared candidate “as of today,” but is having ongoing discussions with his family about potentially running for Louisiana’s highest office, he said. “If I were to become a candidate, I would certainly hope to have not just one particular group […]

LSU hasn’t moved on renaming any of its buildings yet, including the library

By: - October 18, 2021

More than a year after the LSU Board of Supervisors agreed to remove the name of Troy H. Middleton — a segregationist and the school’s former president — from the university’s main library in Baton Rouge, the building still doesn’t have a new name.  The inaction has frustrated students, who expected a new name by […]

Presidential search at Northwestern State University narrowed to six candidates

By: - October 14, 2021

The search for the next president of Northwestern State University has narrowed down to six candidates with backgrounds ranging from administration at LSU Shreveport to the federal government. The candidates are:  Nancy D. Albers, international business coordinator for the College of Business at LSU Shreveport.  Darrell Kruger, former provost and executive chancellor for academic affairs […]

Louisiana aims to boost broadband by 75% in six years, office says

By: - October 14, 2021

Even though Louisiana has reportedly about 400,000 to 500,000 households without broadband access, the state official in charge of broadband development said he believes that’s a lowball estimate. “This is why we have to work with a sense of urgency,” said Veneeth Iyengar, executive director of the Broadband Development and Connectivity Office. “Before the pandemic, […]