Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.

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White House counts 608,000 in Louisiana eligible for student debt relief

By: - September 20, 2022

According to the White House, 608,000 Louisiana residents – or a 13% of the state’s population – will be eligible for student debt relief. Of that number, about 608,000 are eligible for $10,000 in federal student loan forgiveness, including  435,000 eligible for $20,000 in loan forgiveness. The increased forgiveness is for students who received the […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: Grants target state teacher, nursing shortages

By: - September 16, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  SLU gets grant to address teacher shortage  Southeastern Louisiana University received a grant worth more than $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for […]

Football expected to drive Louisiana sports betting revenue toward goal line

By: - September 15, 2022

Football season is expected to increase state revenue from sports betting (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

‘It’s a pity’: LSU community reacts to end of STAR partnership for sexual harassment training

By: - September 13, 2022

The loss of the expertise from the local nonprofit Sexual Trauma and Response (STAR) has once again ignited feelings of hurt and mistrust on LSU’s campus.  STAR, a Baton Rouge-based group dedicated to building a sexual assault-free community, offered a variety of training to LSU employees in the wake of a national scandal that an […]

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In annual US News rankings, Xavier among best HBCUs and regional schools

By: - September 13, 2022

Several Louisiana universities ranked among the top in various categories according to the 2022-2023 US News and World Report rankings released Monday. The annual ratings evaluated data from more than 1,500 schools and evaluated them according to 17 data points, including graduation rates, social mobility, faculty compensation and peer assessment surveys.   In addition to making […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: NSU president now official, new cancer data and nurse needs 

By: - September 9, 2022

The Louisiana Illuminator takes a weekly look at news from universities and colleges around the state. Have a tip or want to submit a Louisiana Higher Ed news item? Contact [email protected]  He’s official  Marcus Jones was officially inaugurated Friday as Northwestern State University’s 20th president. Jones, whose appointment to the position was announced in November, […]

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Southern, LSU sign 5-year ‘A&M Agenda’ partnership

By: - September 6, 2022

Leaders from Southern University and LSU have signed the A&M Agenda, a commitment to work together over the next five years to leverage the two school’s resources for the betterment of the city, the state and the region. LSU President William Tate IV and Southern President Dennis Shields were joined Tuesday by local and state […]

Louisiana Higher Ed: Big bucks, declining enrollment and campus accessibility

By: - September 2, 2022

LSU is working to address its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues (Photo by Julie O'Donoghue)

LSU clinic transitions to OLOL management; what about reproductive health?

By: - August 31, 2022

Our Lady of the Lake will assume management of the LSU Student Health Center in January prompting questions as to what – if any – changes will result when a Catholic health organization takes over a public university medical clinic. The move comes as part of the partnership between Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) […]

Demand grows for campus food pantries at Louisiana colleges

By: - August 30, 2022

Northwestern State University got its campus food pantry when a group of social work students asked their university president for space to open it. Wanting to encourage student involvement in the community, the president at the time, Jim Henderson, found a small nook on campus for the students to use.  The resulting demand shocked Henderson, […]

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Abort Offshore has a fervent founder — and doubters

By: - August 27, 2022

Michael Kimbro wants his “conservative friends” to know he is white and that, while he was raised in Texas, he now lives in Manhattan with his “third, much younger, wife.” These are details Kimbro shared in a now-deleted blog post to convince others they should embrace the pro-abortion rights cause – or risk being “tricked […]

LSU will no longer receive sexual harassment awareness and prevention training from local nonprofit

By: - August 25, 2022

LSU has declined to renew the contract of Sexual Trauma and Response (STAR), the organization that has provided sexual assault and harassment awareness training to university employees following multiple instances of federal Title IX law violations.  STAR is a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit dedicated to building a sexual assault-free community. Its employees help shape legislation, provide […]