An emergency Board of Trustee meeting is currently taking place at Louisiana College. The meeting began at 1:00 p.m. and, I am being told, it is likely to last until late into the night.
While standing outside of the student center with Drew Wales, I noticed a local news station vehicle drive around the traffic circle on campus. This was not the first time I had seen the vehicle drive by and so I waved at the driver and started to walk toward the vehicle as it was being parked.
While approaching the vehicle I noticed the head of Louisiana College public relations running from the student center where I had just left. He came upon me, Drew, and the local reporter and said, “What are you doing? No media is allowed on campus today.” I said, “I noticed this news vehicle making loops today and wanted to find out if they were doing a story on the trustee meeting.” The L.C. employee said, “You can’t do an interview.” To which the local reporter, gathering gear out of his truck replied, “I’m just here covering basketball selections.” We parted ways and I walked back toward the student center, remaining outside per the requests of campus police chief Dwayne Rogers.
Later, I walked by Louisiana Baptist Message editor Kelly Boggs standing upstairs in the student center, also banished from the lower lobby of the building. As I passed by, I said to Boggs, “Kelly, there is no press allowed on campus.” To which he gave a reply of “Well, I wear many hats.” Only minutes later, I watched Boggs leave campus and I asked him, “Did they run you off too?” To which he smiled and replied, “Well, I wouldn’t call it run off. I wouldn’t use those words.”
In my opinion, it seems as if Dr. Joe Aguillard and the Louisiana College administration do not want a story at 6 & 10 on the local television which reports student responses to the debacle currently taking place at the college. It is, in my opinion, even more egregious that the Louisiana Baptist Message, the very state paper of the convention that owns Louisiana College, is not allowed anywhere on campus.
Today, Louisiana College is a “no press zone” because of the Louisiana College administration. They have blocked this very site, and others, and now are blocking both secular and Baptist press from reporting today’s events, at least from behind the iron curtain of Louisiana College.
May God have mercy on Louisiana College. Pray for the Board of Trustees who are meeting now.