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September 30, 2014 Issue

As teens' news awareness teeters, Loyola ignites students' interest in current events through first-ever National News Engagement Day

Faced with growing concerns about young people who take no interest in news�a Pew Research Center study pegged roughly a third of those younger than 25 as �newsless��Loyola University New Orleans School of Mass Communication is adopting a grass roots approach to boosting the news consumption of young people locally by bringing a first-ever nationwide effort to New Orleans.

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Are e-cigarettes really a 'safe alternative?' Law professor calls for more legal controls for e-cigs

E-cigarettes, which emit vaporized liquid nicotine and even come in different flavors, are often viewed as a safe alternative, but one legal expert at Loyola University New Orleans is not convinced. In fact, College of Law professor Karen Sokol, J.D., believes that this type of marketing of e-cigarettes should not be permitted at this point, especially since the full risks on human health have yet to be determined.

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Loyola student loan default rates among lowest in the state

Loyola University New Orleans has the lowest student loan default rate among all traditional private institutions in Louisiana at 5.3 percent, according to the latest statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education last week. Default rates often are influenced by how likely graduates are to gain employment upon graduation, as well as starting salaries obtained by those graduates. These statistics demonstrate Loyolas students are doing well after graduation.

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Loyola hosts Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition Semifinal, a first for the U.S.

For the first time ever, the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition Semifinal is coming to the U.S.and its happening in New Orleans. Loyola University New Orleans is hosting the major international ballet competition this spring, and the Crescent City will get a little taste of the action in a Tuesday, Oct. 7 masterclass taught by the competitions namesake dancer, Valentina Kozlova. A former prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet Company and the New York City Ballet, Kozlova will teach the special ballet class to a select group of local dancers, including Loyola student dancers as well as dancers from across the city. The masterclass is set for 6:30 p.m. in Loyolas Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located on the second floor of the Communications/Music Complex.

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