However, in announcing his intention to swap 36 of the most beautiful undeveloped acres in Lafayette for four acres of land near Lafayette General Medical Center, and in suggesting the development of the remaining 65 horse farm acres as "high-scale residential property," Authement's public pronouncements are curious, unconvincing and even suspect ("Horse Play," Oct. 19).
Publicly, Authement is saying the property is too far from campus for classrooms, and the university can't negotiate the Johnston Street traffic with its buses. The horse farm is about the same distance from the main campus as is the football stadium parking lot, from which UL's buses negotiate Johnston Street traffic every day. Also, how many classrooms can be built on the proposed four acres to be acquired in this deal, as opposed to 100 acres less than one mile away? It just doesn't add up. Authement now appears unable or unwilling to envision the university's land needs ' 25, 50 and 100 years from now.
In urban areas all across the nation, universities are running out of land and space to grow. Most would love to be in UL's position, owning 100 acres of beautifully situated and prime real estate, within one mile of a main campus.
The secrecy and speed with which this deal is moving forward is calculated to preempt public scrutiny as to the wisdom of this affair. This land swap should not be a private and secretive deal, and Authement's power and arrogance are starting to seriously interfere with good judgment and the effective governance of a public institution.
As a younger man, Authement exhibited great vision for our university's future. Now, it seems he cannot see beyond a couple of blocks from the main campus.
The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
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A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
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School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.