McNeese engineering students share knowledge with visitors

More than 400 students from 19 high schools and Sowela Technical Community College turned out on Tuesday to take part in tours, demonstrations and contests as part of National Engineers Week at McNeese State University.

As Jacob Borden, assistant professor of chemical engineering looked on, McNeese engineering students did a demonstration for visiting students using crawfish tails submerged in sulfuric acid to show chemical reactions. Chris Allen, a senior at Vinton High School, sparked laughter when he said, “I just eat crawfish.”

Trump pick as security adviser is nod toward pragmatism

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them.

McMaster, 54, is an independent-minded soldier widely admired for his leadership skills, but he is short on experience in Washington's trenches. His appointment reinforces the more mainstream approach to security that Trump is getting from Pentagon chief Jim Mattis, who seems to have steered the administration toward stronger support for NATO and allies in Asia, and away from the reauthorization of torture in interrogations.

US to expand pool of people targeted for deportation

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is greatly expanding the number of people living in the U.S. illegally who are considered a priority for deportation, including people arrested for traffic violations, according to agency documents released Tuesday.

The documents represent a sweeping rewrite of the nation's immigration enforcement priorities.

Students stage march for unity

More than 50 college students and community activists turned out Monday for a “unity march” at McNeese State University sponsored by the Progressives of McNeese State, the McNeese chapter of the NAACP and the International Student Association at McNeese.

“When I started out at McNeese as a freshman two years ago I was just astounded by the lack of activism on campus,” said Miyah January.

Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.

Saints go for three-peat: Out to avenge loss to Episcopal in process

When the St. Louis boys soccer team suffered its third loss, a 2-0 decision to Episcopal in December, it looked as if the two-time defending state champion Saints might be experiencing a rebuilding year.

St. Louis has a chance to avenge that loss on the biggest of stages as it looks to take down the Knights (18-4-3) tonight in a rematch for the Division III state championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

“We’re very excited and glad to be back (in the title game) again,” said St. Louis senior forward Zac Eisner. “Our hard work is paying off, and that definitely makes it more gratifying.”

Cowgirls begin road trip trying to turnover new leaf

Embarking on a three-game road trip against three of the worst women’s basketball teams in the Southland Conference, McNeese State has a grand opportunity to pull away from the log-jammed middle of the conference standings and secure a berth in the SLC tournament.

First up is a rematch tonight with Houston Baptist (5-19, 3-11 SLC), a five-win team the Cowgirls (12-13, 7-7) eviscerated 68-53 on Jan. 7 inside Burton Coliseum.

Here are three story lines to watch.

W-M draws Leesville in first round

Washington-Marion leads the pack of state championship hopefuls in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association boys state basketball tournament as the brackets announced Tuesday afternoon placed the Charging Indians at the top seed in Class 4A.

The Charging Indians (24-5) look to return to the Top 28 for the second consecutive season, a year after falling shy of a state championship with a 42-39 loss to Bossier in the final.

“It feels good to be No. 1,” said W-M head coach Albert Hartwell. “We have to play hard, we have to play a lot together, and we have to stay focused on what we’re doing.”

Cecchini: Bucs pitcher scary good

SULPHUR — Barbe baseball picked up where it left off, winning in Sulphur behind a dominating pitching performance.

The Bucs beat the their District 3-5A rival 5-0 in a non-district game behind the dominance of left-hander Adam Goree, who pitched a complete game, striking out 13 and allowing two hits.

Bucs head coach Glenn Cecchini said Goree, a senior who has lost three games in his career, is better than ever.

McNeese's shatters its record book but stays focused in 32-4 win against UL-Monroe

The game was in hand — well, well in hand — but still, Joe Provenzano looked to the dugout. He wanted to ensure his positioning at second base was correct for this situation: two outs in the ninth inning of a game McNeese State was leading. Cowboys assistant coach Cory Barton assured Provenzano he was fine.