received the Continued Life of New Plays Award by the National New Play Network to underwrite the production of his latest play, Broomstick, in Montana, New Jersey and New Orleans. Biguenet is a Loyola University professor whose Hurricane Katrina-inspired trilogy of plays earned wide acclaim, and Broomstick will be featured in Southern Rep's 2013-2014 season.
Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes
donated 40,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana Sept. 12. The nationwide initiative has made more than 170 donations to food banks and school and disaster relief programs. Second Harvest provides food to 300 partner organizations in 23 parishes.
The New Orleans Theatre Association
donated $60,000 to establish an endowed professor position at the Department of Film and Theatre at the University of New Orleans (UNO). UNO will seek $40,000 in matching funds from the Louisiana Board of Regents. The position will be filled annually by an artist-in-residence.
Delta Kappa Epsilon
fraternity at Louisiana State University (LSU) hung a banner from its house reading "Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent St. [sic]" before LSU's football game against Kent State University on Sept. 14. The banner referenced the 1970 shooting deaths of unarmed student protestors by Ohio National Guardsmen. The fraternity later apologized.