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Could UL and Downtown finally connect?

UL students say they want to connect with Lafayette at large. Right next door, Downtown is an obvious starting point, but making that connection has been tough to do. 

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Get to know the 2023 Pay It Forward recipients

Each year, the Pay It Forward Scholarship is awarded to students who have suffered through extraordinary challenges and managed to succeed academically despite those setbacks. This year, there were four incredible winners.

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Dismissed in 2013, Guillory was rehired by UL after his election

The mayor-president’s return to teaching after being fired for cause presents several potential conflicts, including charter requirements that his job be full-time. Deploying Lafayette police officers to run security while on campus, a use of public resources for his personal benefit, figures into the City Council’s investigation of him.

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Link to nola.com What happened to Louisiana’s economy? New data shows big slump. (opens in new window)

Data from the first quarter of the year has UL economist Gary Wagner forecasting a bad situation getting worse for Louisiana’s economy: 

The state’s real gross domestic product fell by 4.3% on an annualized basis in the first quarter of this year, almost three times steeper than the U.S. economy. Only five other states posted a sharper contraction.

“It’s probably hard to imagine a report that’s worse right now,” said Gary Wagner, an economist at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, who found declines in almost every state and many industries. “I think there’s a 50-50 chance we’re in a recession.”

Source: nola.com