When compared to Louisiana State University or University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southeastern Louisiana University may seem like an underdog when it comes to overall campus life, but some Southeastern’s students believe that their university is really stepping up!
Campus life at Southeastern is beginning to improve in many aspects. This fall semester of 2017 has been full of events so far. A drive around campus around lunchtime shows how busy the university is.
Recently, Southeastern is beginning the process of tearing down buildings and building new ones. A new computer science and technology building has been introduced to students this semester. Also, the university announced the construction of two new dorms in the works to meet the demand of the multitude of students wanting to live on campus. Rumors of Zachary Taylor Hall being tore down was talked about for the last few semesters, but now it will be true, once the two new buildings are complete.
With the introduction of all the new construction, the hassle of finding a spot to park is causing headaches and late arrivals to classes.
Shawn Scott, who is a senior in the computer science engineering technology major, is not the happiest about the parking.
“I feel like the university should have been prepared for the parking situation way ahead of time,” Scott said. “Also, I think for the time being, there should be a couple more transit buses being used so that the wait is not as long for students to get on campus.”
He also explains that there were days that he recalls having to wait and drive around for over thirty minutes trying to find a parking spot.
Although, parking is a hassle, he is really enjoying the fact that Southeastern is becoming much more exciting.
“It is good to see people engaged with others,” he said. “For a long time, it seemed like people had their own little groups and that is all they stuck with. Now I feel like people are more open and approachable.”
He even wishes that he lived in the residential apartments this semester because of the activities in which the residential students partake.
Scott says he did not always find the campus fun, though.
“I can remember a year when I did not know it was even homecoming week,” said Scott. “There were literally just a few signs around campus and that was it…no events or anything.”
Many sororities and fraternities are beginning to experience much more participation as well. Mark Buckner finds the Greek life very interesting. He is currently a junior in the communication major. His focus is broadcasting.
He enjoys watching the AKAs, Alphas, Kappas, Ques and Deltas hold performances, especially strolling.
“I find it really cool to see the African American community together on campus,” Buckner said. “It is all about positivity and that is something that is much needed.”
He feels as though Southeastern is embracing an historically black college university (HBCU) feel because of some of the active African American fraternities and sororities.
Even though he enjoys seeing when these sororities and fraternities stroll, he likes the community service aspect in which these Greek groups participate. He feels that not only is it important for people to have personal growth, but also in the giving back to the community.
Buckner said he sees many other students attend an interest meeting that a few of the sororities and fraternities held. Some of the Greeks had a low member count in the recent years, but he believes that with the interest of many being so high, there may be an increase in the members in Southeastern’s sororities and fraternities.
Buckner also said that he always sees the union and the library packed. Usually, he said that the union is packed around noon, but now it is busy all-day long. The library stays busy as well.
“I think people go to the library more to hang out at this point,” Buckner said jokingly. “I guess as long as people are in there that is all that matters.”
Many students, mostly residential and Greek, participate in the intramural sports that Southeastern’s recreation center offers.
Domnic Davenport, a sophomore in athletic training, likes the atmosphere of the intramural sports, especially football and basketball.
“It seems like the environment is more exciting in the intramural league than at Southeastern’s collegiate games,” Davenport said. “The people watching are so much more involved in the game, yelling and going crazy.”
Davenport said he thoroughly enjoys the competitiveness at the games as well. Since he made the decision not to play collegiate sports, intramurals allow him to enjoy the sports he loves to this day.
He also wishes to be a referee for intramural basketball in the spring. One of his friends was a referee and he saw how intense some of the student-players were with him.
“My friend told me that some of the players say some of the craziest things to him in the heat of the game,” he said. “Everybody thinks that they are big and bad, but I will show them big and bad all right.”
Many people that play in the intramural leagues play against people with whom they are friends or with whom they grew up, so that adds to the competitiveness. Davenport said this makes it more personal.
“Sometimes it gets so intense at some of the games that campus police join us. Watching one of those games out there will have you thinking that it is the Super Bowl or the NBA Finals,” he said. “They take it very serious.”
Growing up Southeastern was not the dream school for Davenport. He had dreams of football leading him to a bigger school elsewhere. He explained that Southeastern, in all honesty, was a last-minute choice for him since football is out of the equation. Now, though, he says he is loving the university.
“Southeastern was not a school growing up that you ever hear people talking about,” he explained. “You always hear people talking about the LSU or ULL and other schools. I am making the best of it here, though. You get what you put in.”